Big Ten President: Donald Trump Not Involved in Conference Football Return

Ryan Phillips
Indiana v Purdue
Indiana v Purdue / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Big Ten will play football this fall, as the conference voted to begin its season on October 24. Immediately, Donald Trump jumped on Twitter to proclaim it was his "honor" to have helped the process. But according to one Big Ten president, Trump had nothing to do with the decision to resume play.

NBC News' Peter Alexander spoke to a Big Ten president involved in the decision to resume football, and was told Trump was not involved and may have actually harmed the process because no one wanted it to be political:

According to virtually every report, the development of rapid COVID-19 testing was the biggest factor in the conference's return. Players will now be tested daily and will be able to get results quickly. They will also be screened for myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that can result from COVID-19.

In the end, it's pretty clear the changes in health and safety protocols were the big change here, not any outside influence.