But if you’re Wisconsin and you’re down to your 4th QB, just run it 82 times and you’ll probably be fine
Good on you, Big Ten, for your hard-stop rule that a player with a confirmed positive second test is out for 21 days. Don’t pass go. Don’t collect $200. Out. Three weeks, potentially three games.
And, by the way, good on Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst for effectively saying the same thing when it comes to the rule being the right way to do this.
That’s what being the conference adult in the room looks like.
Of course there’s whining out there about hoaxes, and how we’re past this, and how it’s the flu, and how it’s all overblown, and how no college football player is going to die from this, and blah, blah, blah …
No. You’ve got this, Big Ten.
You set the rule, everyone knows it, it makes sure everyone is as air-tight as possible in how they conduct themselves over the two-month sprint of a season, and you take it out of the hands of the silly people.
It’s as much of a deterrent as it is a way to try being responsible for everyone’s health and safety.
Follow the lead, other Big Ten coaches and players. You know the rules, you know there’s a backstop of a few positive tests needed before the time off rule kicks in. If you want to play football in the Big Ten this season, you know what you have to do.
Seriously, and not because of football, stay safe everyone – especially if you disagree with me. If you don’t know anyone who is struggling just to get through the day more than four months after first getting it – like the eight people that I know with various lingering issues – here’s hoping you never do.