NU wants to do it. Coach Scott Frost said so Monday, and was joined by his players in support. Is it feasible in the Big Ten bylaws? The league owns Nebraska’s media rights, and based on the Tuesday comments in The Athletic of Iowa athletic director Gary Barta — who wanted to play football this fall, too — the Big Ten wouldn’t look kindly upon such a move.
One would think the league would assert its position quickly — albeit privately — on the matter, leaving Nebraska to decide if it wants to defy the league or not.
At this point, remember, the Huskers can’t even practice in pads, much less play a game. Outside of releasing a statement, Nebraska went silent on Tuesday, which may indicate a gameplay, of sorts, is afoot. Of course, Nebraska playing a schedule is contingent on having teams to play. There are some available, especially among Group of 5 conferences, but those leagues have their own decisions to make, too. BYU is out there. So is Liberty, where former Husker quarterback Turner Gill is in administration.
Would it draw TV eyeballs? Crowds? If Nebraska plays now could it play again in the spring? So many questions.
If there isn’t a fall season — and in volleyball and women’s soccer, there won’t be — what do athletes do?
On Big Ten Network, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said his athletes will go into a 20-hour-a-week work segment, similar to a mini-camp in football. Nebraska athletes can enter into that phase. It’s not much, but it’s something. One presumes, with no competition this season, NU’s testing protocols stay in place.