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UT-Chattanooga AD Comments On The Big Ten's Decision

A Nebraska helmet on the field during a penalty.

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 20: The helmet of a player from the Nebraska Cornhuskers sits on the field after a penalty flag is thrown in the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Nebraska football was in the works of replacing Wisconsin with UT-Chattanooga this weekend. That is, until the Big Ten got in the way.

The Wisconsin Badgers decided to back out of this weekend's game against the Huskers. Multiple Wisconsin players tested positive for COVID-19. The Badgers decided to cancel their game as a result.

Nebraska football understandably wanted to play this weekend, so university leaders picked up the phone and made a few calls. Who was university leaders calling? UT-Chattanooga. The Huskers were in the final stages of replacing Wisconsin with UT-Chattanooga for this coming Saturday until the Big Ten stepped in at the last minute.

Big Ten leaders have been adamant the conference's schools are not permitted to schedule non-conference games this season. Somehow, though, Nebraska football and UT-Chattanooga cleared every hurdle up until the "final approval," according to UT-Chattanooga athletic director Mark Wharton.

"We went through many levels of approval with the Big Ten," Wharton said, via Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports. "We lost on the final approval."

Nebraska football was somehow moments away from finalizing a game with UT-Chattanooga as soon as this Saturday. The game would've went against clearly stated Big Ten policy.

The conference hasn't budged on its policy that teams aren't allowed to schedule non-conference games this season.

Nebraska football has no other choice than to use this weekend as a bye week in preparation for the rest of their season. It could wind up being a blessing in disguise for Scott Frost and the Huskers.