CHAMPAIGN — Chase Brown summed up the Big Ten’s will they or won’t they approach to the 2020 college football season rather succinctly.
It was exhausting.
First came the high of having a schedule announced on Aug. 5.
Then the season was postponed six days later in response to the uncertainties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. A month after that, the season was back on with a targeted Oct. 24 start — seven weeks after the Illini were supposed to play their first game.
Brown watched plenty of other college football teams play while existing in Big Ten limbo through the end of August and into September.
That games were actually happening gave him hope the Big Ten might reverse course even after commissioner Kevin Warren initially said the conference wouldn’t.
“When they came out with the schedule it was like a light at the end of the tunnel,”…