UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota is getting its star wide receiver back for an abbreviated Big Ten season. Penn State will not be so fortunate with its All-America linebacker. Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman has been cleared to play this season by the NCAA and Big Ten. Penn State coach James Franklin says Micah Parsons will not be returning to the Nittany Lions after opting out of the season in early August and declaring for the NFL draft. The Big Ten postponed its fall football season on Aug. 11, then announced two weeks ago that it would play after all, starting the weekend of Oct. 23.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State football coach Matt Entz says the benefits of practicing for a one-game season outweighed the risks and frustration from dealing with the coronavirus. The Bison have been practicing for the last month ahead of Saturday’s home game against Central Arkansas. Entz says it has given the Bison time to evaluate players and get more experience amid concerns about the coronavirus. Star quarterback Trey Lance and left tackle Dillon Radunz also get a chance for an encore performance in front of a few family members on their home turf.