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Trump tweets that Big Ten football may start without Michigan teams

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Posted at 3:42 PM, Sep 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-06 15:47:53-04

(WXYZ) — President Donald Trump said in a tweet Sunday that Big Ten football will likely begin without Michigan teams. The tweet also mentioned Illinois and Maryland teams.

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Trump blames those states' governors for their "ridiculous lack of interest or political support," he wrote in the tweet.

"Big Ten Football is looking really good, but may lose Michigan, Illinois, and Maryland because of those Governors’ ridiculous lack of interest or political support. They will play without them?" the tweet read.

Last week, President Trump said that he had been in talks with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren about "immediately starting" the football season amid the pandemic.

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The Big Ten announced on Aug. 11 it was postponing its fall football season because of concerns about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pac-12 and some smaller conferences soon followed suit. It was also announced that coaches, athletic directors and others were working on multiple plans for a football season. One of those plans would have football start as soon as Thanksgiving weekend.