The Big Ten obtained virus testing from a private company, officials said.
The big ten sparked tests from a private company instead, officials said.
The conference announced Wednesday that its football season, on hold due to the outbreak, will resume on October 23rd. He said he would use “strict medical protocols,” including daily testing of his student-athletes and coaches.
Trump, since last month, has publicly insisted the Big Ten would begin its football season and spoke with conference commissioner Kevin Warren on Sept. 1 about the matter.
“I called the commissioner a couple of weeks ago and we started putting a lot of pressure, frankly, because there was no reason for him not to come back,” Trump told reporters Wednesday.
Following that call, Trump directed White House staff to provide the federal resources the conference needed, according to senior administration officials.
“Probably for political reasons, it was easy for the big ten to convince their presidents to vote on it, if that White House didn’t provide it,” the official said.
Trump has been calling for the return of professional and college sports for months, many of which had been put on hold. He has pushed for states and schools to lift coronavirus-related restrictions despite the continued high rate of virus transmission in certain parts of the country; his own presidential campaign has ignored local restrictions on people’s size, wearing masks, and social distancing.
Recently, many leagues have resumed the game with restrictions and limits on security protocols for spectators. They have had varying degrees of success in responding to athletes who have fallen ill with the virus.
The Big Ten said Wednesday that athletes, coaches, coaches and others who go out on the field will be tested daily and that athletes who receive a positive result will receive a second test to confirm the result.
If both tests are positive, the athlete should undergo cardiac testing and receive permission from a cardiologist before returning to competition, no later than 21 days after their initial diagnosis.
Trump’s interest in the Big Ten was spurred by calls from players and their parents to resume the season, senior management said.
The official said the White House had made hundreds of calls on the issue with coaches, officials, sporting directors, parents and Big Ten players.