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With Big Ten football's fate pending, coaches in rare position: Totally out of control

Michigan's Jim Harbaugh answers questions from reporters on a Zoom call about playing football in 2020, COVID-19 and more, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Detroit Free Press

When the epilogue to the story of 2020 is written, the final words used to summarize this year will be that nothing made sense.

As the world plunged into a pandemic, everything was flipped upside down. The United States, a global power once seen as a model for other countries, is now pitied for its management of COVID-19. A roaring economy believed to have supported by a strong foundation was exposed as fragile.