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The Big Ten conference plans to kickoff a pandemic-era football season this fall, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
“Sources told the Journal Sentinel on Tuesday that a proposal has been approved for the league to play its 2020 season this fall. The starting date is unclear, but the latest proposal submitted to the Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors featured an Oct. 17 kickoff,” Jeff Potrykus reports. “Each team is to play eight games in a nine-week window, with the league title game tentatively set for Dec. 19.”
The news comes as students are returning to Midwest campuses and increasingly spreading the coronavirus. That includes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where 2,160 students and 31 employees on an off campus had tested positive for the virus between Aug. 23 and Tuesday, according to the university’s dashboard.
The surge has prompted UW-Madison to switch to entirely online classes for at least two weeks, quarantine students in some dorms and cancel spring break.
Big Ten approves plan for 2020 football season this fall, possibly starting as early as Oct. 17 — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dane County bars and restaurants could be fined for violations of health order — Wisconsin State Journal
Data to note
Here is a look at COVID-19 testing trends at UW-Madison, according to the university’s dashboard.
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