Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is reportedly blocking the University of Michigan from participating in a re-imagined Big Ten football season.
After the Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of their 2020 fall sports season, several member schools continued attempting to find a way to play. Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith has been spearheading the effort, with the full backing of the university's president-elect.
The plan would involve six of the Big Ten schools playing a modified "home and home" schedule, meaning they would play the other five schools at home and also travel to the opponent's stadium for a game. Each of the participating schools would play the other teams who are participating twice.
While the University of Michigan is listed as one of the six schools involved, according to reports, Whitmer is standing in the way.
"I also was also told that one roadblock to the new plan is the fact that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been vehemently opposed to football being played—at the high school and college level – in the state this fall," said Ohio State reporter Jeff Snook in a Facebook update.
? Michigan still limits all outdoor gatherings to 100 people.