Amid ongoing reports about whether the Big Ten Conference will reverse its decision to postpone its 2020 football season until the spring semester, Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank told a U.S. Senate committee hearing Tuesday that the conference will not try to plan a delayed season until it has answers to the health questions that prompted the postponement.

And if Big Ten presidents do vote to change their course, she said: “Your first question should be, ‘What's changed?’ ”

Blank also said that if the Big Ten does resume play, at least her university will provide coverage of any long-term health issues athletes might suffer if they contract COVID-19 while participating in sports.  

After initially unveiling a conference-only football schedule, the Big Ten announced Aug. 11 that it would postpone all fall sports, including football.