Ten Republican state legislators from six states in the Big Ten footprint wrote a letter to the conference's commissioner, Kevin Warren, asking for the league's decision to postpone fall football to be revisited.
The letter is signed by 10 legislative leaders from Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
"These athletes are losing a vital part of student life and are becoming less marketable to future employers with each passing week," the letter says in part. "Additionally, our local universities stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars that support vital student scholarships."
Saturday would have been the first of those days this fall. They're all special here, of course. But there's something about that first one.
Current NU football players had their fingerprints all over a recent city game in search of a football "fix" during their postponed college season.
One version of the letter was circulated by Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and signed by him and nine other legislative leaders.
They are the latest to chime in on the league's Aug. 11 decision, joining a chorus that includes parents, players, coaches and even President Donald Trump.
In the past week, several Big Ten athletic directors — including Nebraska's Bill Moos and Iowa's Gary Barta — have said that the league's return-to-play committee is working to develop a path forward that can be presented to the Council of Presidents and Chancellors.
Moos has said that the scheduling committee he is on has considered models that begin in November, January and February. Barta said late last week that it would take a medical "miracle" for the conference to get back to play on Oct. 10, a date that's been floated as a possibility without much substantiation.
The ACC, Big 12 and SEC looked for reasons why fall football could happen. It's hard to say that about the Big Ten, hence the quiet downtown.
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