We’ll call it an early April Fool’s joke. Six months after announcing that the Big Ten conference would be scheduling more Friday night games in an effort to provide more exposure, they’ve changed course entirely.
Several coaches and officials at numerous schools weren’t totally on board with the announcement, and it appears that their voices have been heard, according to Sam Cooper of Yahoo Sports.
Notably vocal in objection of the Friday night games, Northwestern has had its two games moved to Saturday.
Citing distraction and disruption of the student-athletes academic schedules, Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald was instrumental in the apparent roll-back of the conference’s new scheduling practices.
There are also a few matters of practicality that needed to be addressed.
For instance, the conference will need to meet with its television partners and the high school athletic association to avoid any broadcasting and scheduling conflicts. High school games are typically held on Friday nights.
After the schedule changes, there are six games remaining of the original slate of Friday games, including two for Wisconsin. With the SEC in an perceived downtrend, fictitious or otherwise, conferences are trying to find innovative ways to make themselves the cream of the conference crop. The Big Ten might have to re-think this one, though, as the reception was mostly negative by those who it will actually affect.