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Tate | Politics finding its way into college athletics more and more these days

Through the decades, national politics has infrequently wedged its way into Big Ten athletics. Congress has had other concerns. College games have been mostly free of governmental intervention. Overnight, we see the NCAA asking Congress for antitrust protection. With states presenting different ideas on name-image-likeness regulations, the Power 5 conferences have asked Congress to pass a single standard before the NCAA’s Jan. 1 target date. With Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren in the forefront, a national movement has caught fire to encourage student voting, with athletes demanding a “day off” for that purpose. If the collegians follow the NBA, there could be political game-related protests, and messages on the courts and jerseys. Lawmakers from six states have urged Warren for resumption of football. And right in the middle of his campaign, President Donald Trump has repeatedly called on the Big Ten to resume play … a request that won’t hurt his chances in the football-minded swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin. Furthermore, in scanning the college ranks, you may find political significance in the fact that a huge majority of non-playing football states are run by liberal governors (like J.B. Pritzker), and those competing mostly ruled by conservatives. Whatever your persuasion, this isn’t where we ought to be. Contributing to Big Ten disarray, we’ve seen defiant members raising voices in protest of autumn’s non-participation. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is making a strong push for October football. Nebraska coach Scott Frost toyed with the idea of playing outside the Big Ten, and Jim Harbaugh has openly opposed the no-play vote of his Michigan president, Dr. Mark Schlissel, with Harbaugh stating his Wolverines could be ready in two weeks. In this heated atmosphere, some Illinoisans have been disappointed by the relative quiet of Josh Whitman and Lovie Smith. The answer: Both the AD and head coach want to play football and have so stated. Lovie says he could have the still-training Illini ready in three weeks. But it isn’t their nature to go public with “demands” because, unlike Smith and Frost, their preferences may not be in sync with those of Chancellor Robert Jones, who cast the UI’s vote Aug. 11 against fall football. Jones cited medical concerns and “the best interest of the student-athletes.” How Jones will vote in the next go-round — which could come at any moment — is unknown. But here’s what we do know. A return to play will require six additional “yes” votes to go along with Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio State. It’ll take 9 of 14 to meet the 60 percent standard for a change. With Rutgers, Minnesota and several others highly questionable, those in favor desperately need Illinois to flip. Don’t expect any positive encouragement from the governor’s office, which has blocked the preps and may be influencing the UI stance … while, as we’re seeing this weekend, so many states surrounding us are playing at prep, college and NFL levels. ➜ Confusing: With all COVID-19 testing systems acknowledging a substantial number of false results, how was it possible for the NFL to make a Sept. 1 announcement of just 10 positives among nearly 59,000 tests? A partial answer might be one word — confirmed — which means repeat tests tend to eliminate false positives. ➜ Nonsensical: Dan Gavitt and the NCAA basketball committee, in making their scheduling announcement this week, will surely reject the ACC recommendation calling for all 346 teams to compete in the tournament. It would be a seeding nightmare and a boring dud, not to mention a TV network headache. Stick with 64 or, if you must, 68 … ideal for bracketeers. ➜ Rumor mill: Don’t be surprised if the Illini (assuming Big Ten basketball goes forward) are part of a deal with the ACC in conducting multiple games in Florida during the holidays. ➜ Ridiculous: A confused NCAA hierarchy, which just furloughed 600 staffers in Indianapolis, is sitting on a rule whereby all non-participants this fall are frozen in terms of eligibility. So if the Illini don’t play football until the winter, this means Smith not only could have all his seniors back in 2021 (assuming they want to return) and two full freshman classes bringing the scholarship roster to perhaps 100 … in the face of an NCAA limit of 85. ➜ Shaded news: The talk of $75 million and more in revenue losses at Big Ten schools can be partially offset by reduced football and basketball schedules in this school year. But losses in the millions will remain, in addition to all those lost jobs and canceled sports (Minnesota just chopped four more). Loren Tate writes for The News-Gazette. He can be reached at ltate@news-gazette.com
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