When the Big Ten announced Wednesday that it would bring some football games to Friday nights beginning in 2017, Michigan informed the conference it would not play games on Fridays.
Later Wednesday, Michigan athletics director Warde Manuel issued a statement to Land of 10 as to why the Wolverines won’t see the Friday night lights.
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This statement comes after Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio State agreed to play games on Fridays under certain conditions, while Illinois and Northwestern will comply and play Friday games with no qualms.
Penn State was the only other school to refuse to play on Friday.
The Big Ten’s announcement to play games on Friday came as a part of the conference’s six-year media deal with ESPN and FOX, where six prime-time games will air on Fridays starting with the 2017 season.