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GOP legislators urge Big Ten to resume fall football – The Detroit News

Michigan Republican legislative leaders joined chamber leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Tuesday in a letter urging the Big Ten conference to reinstate the fall football season. 

The decision to postpone the football season until spring was the “wrong choice” for area universities and students, said House Speaker Lee Chatfield, who signed the letter with Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, said. The Levering Republican is a former coach and athletic director at a private Christian school in northern Michigan.

Michigan Republican legislative leaders joined chamber leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Tuesday in a letter urging the Big Ten conference to reinstate the fall football season.

“…I know how important sports can be to young people and their development,” Chatfield said in a statement. “I also know how much support restarting football and other fall sports has among players, coaches, parents and the many people who have reached out to our offices demanding a change.” 

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President Donald Trump indicated Sunday that the Big Ten is “looking really good” to return for the fall season, but said the conference “may lose Michigan, Illinois, and Maryland because of those Governors’ ridiculous lack of interest or political support. They will play without them?”

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