This pandemic has caused 2020 to drag on more than needed. March feels like it was six years ago instead of the six months it’s been. The longest point these past six months has been August 11, when the Big Ten decided to cancel football, until Wednesday morning, when they decided to try playing. The Big Ten not playing this fall lasted just over a month, but for Husker fans it was a lifetime.
Even though football was gone and it didn’t seem like there was an end in sight, I had hope. I gained that hope from Sir Yacht. For those not on Twitter, or those living under a rock, a Twitter user that goes by Sir Yacht has been adamant Big Ten football was coming back this fall in October.
At first everybody, including myself, was extremely skeptical of him because he’s just some random guy on Twitter saying he has a source.
The Big 10 conference is reconsidering possibly having a football season this year, in response to worries of players bolting to other conferences or to the NFL, per source.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) August 15, 2020
After a few days of seeing his tweets get RT onto my timeline I decided to follow him. While I was still skeptical of him I decided to scour the internet to see if there was anything from credible journalists that would point to the same things he was saying. One of the other sources my friends and I found was a guy by the name of Jeff Snook. He seemed to have some inside information about the Ohio State athletic department, and some of his posts on Facebook alluded to direct contact with Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith.
From my understanding Jeff Snook was one of the first people to break the story about former Ohio State WR coach Zach Smith. Once I started looking through Snook’s posts I started getting more hopeful that Sir Yacht was on to something. I was still very skeptical this random guy knew more information than all of us, but he did tweet something that peaked my interest on August 15.
The White House was also involved in the meeting today, pressing the Big Ten to play.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) August 15, 2020
At this point I thought he was trolling completely. There was no way a random guy knew that the White House was getting involved in college athletics like this. I’m not trying to start a political discussion in the comments, but everybody saw this next tweet.
Had a very productive conversation with Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, about immediately starting up Big Ten football. Would be good (great!) for everyone - Players, Fans, Country. On the one yard line!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2020
Love or hate the current administration it doesn’t matter. What matters is that Sir Yacht tweeted the White House was getting involved two weeks before Donald Trump tweeted about it. Personally, there’s no way Donald Trump would’ve tweeted that after one meeting with Kevin Warren and the rest of the conference. There’s a good chance the White House did get involved right away. By the time Trump sent that tweet out I was in full “ride or die with the Yacht” mode. University of Nebraska President Ted Carter followed Sir Yacht on August 18, and I confirmed myself that it was the real Ted Carter not some account that looks the same.
Originally he was reporting six Big Ten schools would play a 10 game home-and-home schedule with each other. We know this turned out to be false, but the narrative is what’s important. The narrative of Nebraska and Ohio State fighting for a season is what gave me hope. Clay Travis also put out a story that six Big Ten teams were fighting for a home-and-home series for this season.
Report: six Big Ten schools, led by Ohio State, are attempting to play a home and home schedule this fall. Just when you think the Big Ten rebellion stories can’t get any wilder, they do: https://t.co/N1uqmKkgJf— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 19, 2020
Travis also tweeted Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was a major obstacle for the Big Ten. It seems like the idea of any Big Ten football was being shut down because of her and University of Michigan’s President.
Ohio State AD Gene Smith had teams lined up and ready to proceed. Commissioner Kevin Warren and Michigan & MSU presidents, pressured by Gov. Whitmer, squashed plans and were told it was not worth reversing now.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) August 21, 2020
Around this time pressure from parents was starting to mount and a lawsuit was filed by eight Nebraska football players on August 27. In my opinion this was the major turning point in the Big Ten returning to play yet this fall. Low and behold, on the same day Sir Yacht reported that talks were ongoing to restart the football season.
Talks are ongoing with B1G presidents and athletic directors on possibly pushing up winter start to run the Big Ten season closer to the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 seasons, to still possibly have a college football playoff, per source.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) August 27, 2020
Over the next few days more sources came out saying they believe the Big Ten is going to reverse course and play near Thanksgiving.
SOURCE: Big Ten coaches are meeting on a call right now. Am told "it's a real possibility" that the Big Ten may try to reverse course and play later this fall. https://t.co/lbZJePwUbG— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 28, 2020
Sir Yacht was adamant that the Big Ten wasn’t going to play football at Thanksgiving, it was either October or bust. From my perspective it seems like that was because he’s from Ohio, and his source is probably connected to the Ohio State athletic department, and Ohio State wanted to compete for the College Football Playoff.
Breaking: B1G athletic directors feel they made case with presidents and Kevin Warren for fall season to start in October, per source.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) August 28, 2020
When asked about October start, an AD earlier today said 5%. Now it is 70%.
As the days and weeks went on, more information came out about a potential Big Ten season in October. Back in August Sire Yacht reported about one option for the Big Ten.
One option gaining momentum is a tentative B1G schedule start around Oct 17th or 24th, but only a 8 game schedule, per source.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) August 30, 2020
This would put the Big Ten in line with Big 12, ACC and SEC.
Sir Yacht also reported about the vote that supposedly too place to postpone the season. I don’t know if anybody believed there was actually a vote taken. Sir Yacht “confirmed” the vote was bogus.
Source can 100% confirm that there was no vote taken from B1G presidents and Kevin Warren. The integrity of the Big Ten is compromised.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) September 1, 2020
Big Ten came out and said only 3 schools supported a season in a vote. This is false.
The lawsuit that was filed by Nebraska players demanded the Big Ten release information as to why the season was canceled and they wanted to know the vote. The 11-3 vote is what the Big Ten came out and said about the original decision, but since there were conflicting reports as to whether the vote actually happened it was hard to believe. In my opinion, the Big Ten was scrambling at this point to get back on the field. Considering other conferences had announced they were getting ready to play and they were getting sued it made more sense for the conference to play as soon as possible.
A few weeks ago Sir Yacht said Big Ten football would be back October 10. Obviously we know now this is wrong, but I believe his source was telling him October 10 because Ohio State was pushing that as a start date.
B1G will hold formal vote this afternoon on already agreed-to fall season, per source.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) September 1, 2020
October 10th will be official start date, and schedule will remain the same.
The same day, just a few minutes before, Dan Patrick said on his show the Big Ten might be coming back October 10.
“From source: If conference can pass updated safety measures and procedures, Big Ten targeting Oct. 10 to start football season.” - Dan Patrick— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) September 1, 2020
The situation of Covid at other Big Ten schools and the safety measures not being passed is were the reasons for the start date to be pushed to October 24th. During the same time frame of Sir Yacht’s original story about the Big Ten coming back on October 10, he revealed even more about the Big Ten needing Michigan to sign off on playing. A big step towards that was when Gov. Whitmer allowed organized sports to resume in the fall.
Later on September 3, some parents of Ohio State players were tweeting out about a potential vote on September 4.
Everybody say a pray tonight for our kids dreams and everything they worked for during this Covid-19 situation and sense the beginning of their journey..... We FOUGHTand we get our answer tomorrow......— Randy L Wade % f@❌ℹLy..... (@gslsff) September 3, 2020
In my opinion, it’s pretty clear Ohio State and people associated closely with Ohio State were convinced the season was coming back or at the very least the decision to cancel was being revisited.
When no word on a vote to reinstate the season came on September 4, it seemed like a lost cause and there wasn’t enough support to overturn the initial decision. My hope returned on September 6.
Parents from at least 3 B1G schools were told to expect October 10th season vote this past Friday/Saturday. Were told it was pushed back because medical advisor proposals needed more time to be presented.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) September 7, 2020
As of now presidents are scheduled to vote on Tuesday morning, per source.
This vote never happened on Tuesday September 8 and we were all left wondering what is going on. Dave Biddle, editor of Bucknuts on 247Sports also reported there would be a vote on September 8, so what happened?
Some Big Ten Presidents didn’t want to play and some probably still don’t want to play were holding up the progress of the rest of the conference.
Source says there was talks today but no movement. It seems the teams that have no interest in playing are in no hurry to give the other teams that want to play a chance to start October 10th because of pressure their programs will face after.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) September 10, 2020
The next day on September 10, Ryan Day started to put pressure on the Big Ten Presidents to make a decision on a football season.
After another day, Sir Yacht stated the season would resume on Monday September 14.
Breaking: B1G football season will resume by Monday, per source. More details are still being discussed.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) September 11, 2020
It seems like the “more details being discussed” caused the Big Ten to push back the date even further. By this point, national media had started reporting some of the same things Sir Yacht had been putting out there. Originally, it seemed like only a handful of schools were going to play. I don’t know what changed, but everybody is playing today.
As of last night it looks as if B1G presidents feel there is a very good chance all 14 B1G football teams will be able to move forward together and play starting October 10, per source.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) September 12, 2020
Medical protocols and testing that the league will require is a big factor.
One of the reasons for delay could have been Kevin Warren trying to get all 14 teams to play football this fall. It also could be because some schools wouldn’t be able to start preparing for a few weeks because of the current number of cases on campus/cities.
B1G will play an 8 game regular season schedule, per source.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) September 14, 2020
Wisconsin will not be able to start season until the 17th of October, so if the B1G starts on the 10th, they can use opening weekend as their bye.
We know the season will not start on the 10th or the 17th, but I believe both Nebraska and Ohio State wanted one of those start dates. As we saw in August, the Big Ten seems to make decisions for every school in the conference. If every team can’t start on October 10, then the Big Ten probably wasn’t going to start that weekend and give some teams a bye.
From here we know what happened. Ted Carter was caught on the hot mic, and then we had to wait an agonizing 24 hours for the Big Ten to officially announce the return of Husker football this fall.
Sir Yacht was not 100 percent correct, but his narrative was.
The point of this article was not to pick and choose tweets that were correct, it was to show the narrative of the Big Ten and how returning to play started almost immediately. One more tweet that is important to this whole story, from our very own Ryan Held.
A lone YouTube link. The Boys of Fall. This tweet came in the evening on the first day the Big Ten was supposed to announce an October start date. I may be reading into this too much, but I think he was hinting that football in Nebraska would be returning this fall. We just needed to wait a bit longer.
I want to know your thoughts, was Sir Yacht right?
Did Sir Yacht have a legitimate source?
This poll is closed