Commentary: Big Ten football is suddenly 'safe'? In the reopening debate for sports and entertainment, that word is a lie

As the Big Ten conference announced its about-turn on fall football Tuesday, the Northwestern University coach was ecstatic. “I’m excited for our guys to have a safe opportunity to play the game they love,” said Pat Fitzgerald.That was an absurd statement that should have been challenged on the spot.Big Ten football is not “safe.” Never was, never has been, never will be. And it certainly did not make the eye-popping transition from perilous overnight, just because a bunch of university administrators about-faced, thanks to a variety of subtle and not-so-subtle pressures from coaches, players,…

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