Harbaugh 'Thrilled' By Return Of Football: 'Stay Positive. Test Negative.'

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Throughout an uncertain offseason, Jim Harbaugh advocated for the Big Ten to play football this fall. He felt it could be done safely and he believed his players deserved the opportunity.

Harbaugh's hopes came to fruition Wednesday when the Big Ten announced it will start the the football season in October.

"Great news today," Harbaugh said in a statement. "Over the past month, I could sense the anticipation from our players and coaches, and I’m thrilled on their behalf that they will have a chance to play a 2020 season. Stay positive. Test negative. Let’s play football."

The Big Ten's presidents and chancellors originally voted in August to postpone all fall sports until the spring. Michigan president Mark Schlissel, an expert in infectious diseases, said Wednesday the conference reversed its decision based on 'new information' about COVID-19.

Part of the Big Ten's return-to-play plan includes daily, rapid testing for athletes and coaches.

The season will begin the weekend of Oct. 24, with each team playing eight games over the course of eight weeks. The Big Ten championship game is set for Dec. 19.