It was 75 days ago that the Big Ten shut the doors on the 2020 football season. Well, technically it didn’t close its doors completely. Let’s just say the Big Ten punted on the idea of having a fall season at the time. That analogy, given the conference and history, feels more appropriate.
What followed is well documented and debated. Outrage. Disagreement. Confusion. Protests. Lawsuits. Press releases. More confusion. More press releases. Those 75 days were not absent of news and story lines even if it was absent of football.
But on Saturday—technically Friday, when Wisconsin and Illinois kicked off the season in Madison—the Big Ten returned in earnest.