U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, who in August was the first federal official to urge the Big Ten to play football, released the following statement after the Big Ten announced football is back.

“The Big Ten’s presidents, chancellors, and the ‘return to competition task force' deserve credit for reevaluating and concluding that we can responsibly bring back football. We need to keep working to beat this nasty virus, but today’s decision is a good signpost that, with prudent practices and rigorous testing regimes, we can keep moving back toward normal.”