President Trump celebrated the return of the football conference at the Big Ten College while she was working to fight the coronavirus, and told Pac-12 that it was their turn to “go.”
“I want to congratulate the Big Ten football. It’s back,” Trump said at a news conference Wednesday. His return came after Trump put public pressure on the conference, which consists mainly of teams from the Midwest, and even spoke directly with Commissioner Kevin Warren.
“I want to work with them in particular, thanks to Commissioner Kevin Warren for the great work he has done. We have been working with him for some time … I called the Commissioner a few weeks ago, and we started to put a lot of pressure, honestly “Because there was no reason for her not to come back. And Kevin came in and worked very hard. I want to thank the players, the coaches, for working together. And they wanted very badly. The players and the coaches, especially the parents, too.”
He especially thanked White House Adviser Tim Pataki for doing a “great job” working with Warren on the issue.
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In a statement Wednesday, the conference said the Council of Presidents and Chancellors was unanimous in its decision to resume the Games. To prevent the spread of the virus, the conference requires student athletes, coaches and coaches to receive daily antigen testing, while students who test positive will need to undergo a full heart test and may return after at least 21 days of positive diagnosis.
While the Big Ten and Pac-12 saved in August, the rest of the Power Five conferences progressed, along with three other major football leagues at the college. The games began with the Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conferences starting last week. The Southeast Conference begins on September 26.
“I want to recommend Pac-12 go too, because there’s no reason Pac-12 isn’t playing now,” Trump told the West Bank conference.
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“And maybe they’ll start at least in part, I recommended to Kevin and others today that maybe you want to start with 25% of the stadium or maybe you want to start with a blank, I don’t know. I honestly could make fans, but they want to be careful, they want to be safe and they will be safe. “
Trump continued, “They have a very good testing process for players, coaches, families, etc. And that’s why I just want to congratulate the Big Ten. It’s going to be great, we’re going to love watching this. And, again, I want to recommend Pac- “12, you’re the only one now. Open, open, Pac-12, go,” he said.
Earlier this month, Pac-12 announced a testing partnership that it said would help mitigate the spread of the virus. However, it adds that “any return to competition is subject to the necessary approvals by public health officials”.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.