Sources: Big Ten eyeing possible January start, games in domes – 247Sports

One of the proposals for Big Ten football is starting in January with games in domed stadiums in the Midwest, multiple sources tell Peegs.com.

The idea is for there to be eight Big Ten games starting in early January with games to be played in January and February.

The proposal calls for multiple games to be played on a given day at various sites. Among the sites being discussed are Indianapolis, Detroit, Minneapolis and St. Louis. All three of those cities have domed football stadiums.

SalivaDirect testing is included in the proposal, including possibly on game days.

The proposal would have to be approved by administrators, including ultimately Big Ten presidents and chancellors.

The Big Ten is one of the conferences that has cancelled fall football for 2020, a decision that was reaffirmed on Wednesday by commissioner Kevin Warren.

Indianapolis has Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the NFL’s Colts and host of previous Big Ten football title games as well as Final Fours and other events. It is a stadium that can handle big events and changes needed in short order.

Detroit has Ford Field, home to the Detroit Lions and previous host to other events, including the Final Four.

Minneapolis has U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the Vikings and the University of Minnesota football games. It also hosted Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018.

St. Louis has the Dome at America’s Center — previously the Edward Jones Dome — previous home to the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, who played there through 2015.

The Big Ten, Pac-12, Big East, Mountain West, MAC, SWAC and other leagues have canceled fall sports. The SEC, ACC and Big 12 have said they plan to play fall football.

The Big Ten will not revisit the option of playing fall football, commissioner Kevin Warren said on Wednesday.

“The vote by the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) was overwhelmingly in support of postponing fall sports and will not be revisited,” Warren said in a letter released this evening.

Starting the Big Ten football season in January has been discussed by conference coaches, per multiple sources.

While spring football also has been discussed, one of the concerns with that is a spring season and fall season potentially being too close together as it relates to the health of the players.

Indiana football coach Tom Allen today said he believed three key factors should guide decisions regarding when to play.

No. 1, whenever games are played, it should be same for the players to play. No. 2, it should be a quality experience for all the players. No. 3, it should not negatively impact the ability to have a full 2021 fall season. Allen said he was not in favor of both a shortened 2020 season and also a shortened 2021 fall season.

“The Ohio State University is confident that we have the safety protocols and rigorous safeguards in place for our student-athletes to practice and return to competition immediately,” Ohio State athletic director said on Wednesday.

“While a decision has been made by the presidents of the Big Ten Conference to postpone the fall season, we view this as a temporary delay, and Dr. Johnson has directed us to prepare for the possibility of bringing at least some of our fall sports back to practice and competition by the end of the year. We are actively planning for the winter and spring seasons for all sports, including the return of football.”