For Nebraska football fans – at least those who like attending Husker games in person – yesterday’s announcement by the Big Ten that football will be played this fall after all had a bittersweet twist. 

While the conference said its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to begin playing on Friday, October 23rd and Saturday the 24th, they also decided there will be no fans allowed inside stadiums except for families of players and staff. 

Asked about that Wednesday on Sports Nightly, Nebraska AD Bill Moos said he and UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green fought hard against that.  “I felt we were in a pretty good place to at least get some of our fans in, but if it was going to be a deal-breaker, we had to go ahead and step back and accept it,” Moos said. 

Moos said Big Ten athletic directors will be working on the schedule starting today.  It will include eight games for each team. 

Some conference games will be played on Friday nights to accommodate television.  He said he’ll continue to push hard for the Huskers to play on Black Friday against Iowa.