Dan Patrick: Michigan probably not gonna play if Big Ten reinstates fall season – WolverinesWire

OK, we’re not buying this, not even a little bit.

As optimism rises about the Big Ten reinstating the fall season this week, former ESPN personality Dan Patrick threw some cold water on the situation as it pertains to Michigan football.

Patrick confirms via an anonymous source that a vote by the conference presidents and chancellors is likely to happen today, but also notes that some teams might not play, even if the vote is yes.

“I’m told the Big Ten, the presidents and chancellors, they’re gonna vote this afternoon — that’s what I was told yesterday,” Patrick said. “They’re gonna vote this afternoon, they’re trying to get nine votes. There’s a real chance and optimism here. They’re gonna be able to do these tests; they’re gonna get the rapid testing.

“Not everybody in the Big Ten is gonna play. But there is real optimism, according to my source.”

This is where we take a hard disagree.

Patrick states that if the season does return, Michigan will not be a part of the reinstated fall season — along with Michigan State and Maryland.

“I don’t know how many schools are gonna play. It’s gonna be a contentious vote, is what I was told,” Patrick said. “You have some people who have been in the medical community who are presidents at places like Michigan, Northwestern — and they’re not gonna be voting against this.

“Michigan’s probably not gonna play, Michigan State’s not gonna play, Maryland probably not gonna play. But you’re gonna get Nebraska, Iowa, Purdue, you’re gonna get Indiana, Ohio State. I’m told that Wisconsin is sort of — while they want to play, I don’t know if they’re gonna be able to play.”

There is pretty close to a zero chance that the other Big Ten institutions take the field this fall while Michigan sits at home — even if university president Dr. Mark Schlissel votes against a season. There would be an all-out revolt by the football team, the athletic department, fans and big-ticket donors of both the AD and the school itself if that were the case.

As far as Michigan is concerned, if a vote is yes, the Wolverines will certainly be taking the field as well.