Sources: Thanksgiving weekend start an option for Big Ten football

The Big Ten is discussing Thanksgiving weekend as one of several options to start its football season, sources told ESPN.

An early January start with an eight- or nine-game schedule at indoor venues has generated the most discussion so far, but pushing the season kickoff to around Thanksgiving also is under consideration.

The Big Ten on Aug. 11 became the first Power 5 conference to postpone its fall football season, citing medical concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. The league’s process concerning the decision has generated criticism from coaches, administrators, players and parents of players. Eight Nebraska players on Thursday filed suit against the conference, demanding that the postponement decision be invalidated.