When the next decision comes from the Big Ten was unclear, though KETV in Omaha posted video Tuesday of University of Nebraska President Ted Carter saying, "We're getting ready to announce the Huskers and Big Ten football tonight", before he spoke at an unrelated news conference.
"There were several main reasons for that", Blank said.
Asked by KLKN-TV after the meeting to clarify his comment about an imminent announcement, Carter said: "I think that was picked up a little out of context". That date would allow Big Ten teams to play eight games in a nine-week window, with a league title game December 19. "Decisions within the Big Ten are largely majority-based decisions but I'll be honest, we nearly always decide everything by consensus". While a vote is not certain to happen on Sunday, sources said that the league will vote in some fashion on the sport coming back within the next 48 hours. Minnesota president Joan Gabel and Michigan State president Samuel Stanley indicated it wasn't really an official vote.
As of noon ET on Tuesday, the Big Ten has not made any public declarations regarding Carter's comments or the idea that a vote to reinstate or keep sports postponed during the global health crisis is happening.
Alvarez has expressed guarded optimism that Big Ten teams would play in 2020, but it wasn't until late Saturday that people familiar with the situation told the Journal Sentinel they expected the league's presidents and chancellors to green-light starting the season. Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio State voted against cancellation.
Nebraska kicked off the rancor that has engulfed the Big Ten following its August decision to punt on the football season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Since, pushback has been swift, from players, parents, coaches, politicians, and even President Donald Trump to get on the field as the ACC, Big 12, and SEC are, among other conferences. The Big Ten's Council of Presidents and Chancellors met on Sunday after hearing from a medical committee on Saturday. That was a day after the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force's medical subcommittee made a presentation to the conference's steering committee of presidents and chancellors.
If the council has voted to play, the season could start as early as October 17.
"I will say we're all going to move together in the Big Ten", Blank said during a teleconference on Monday.
The wait for news about whether or not the Big Ten will play football, or any sports, this fall could end on Tuesday night. "This isn't going to be a school-by-school thing".