COLUMBUS, Ohio — Friday night football is coming to Big Ten. It just might not be coming to Ohio State.
The Big Ten announced Wednesday that it plans to schedule six Friday games starting in 2017. Ohio State deputy director of athletics Martin Jarmond told Land of 10 that Ohio State won’t outright refuse to host a Friday night game. However, the Buckeyes would only be willing to have a Friday home game under certain conditions.
“We’re in support of the conference,” he said. “For us, this is something that impacts high schools. We want to make sure we’re thorough in understanding what the Big Ten is asking of us. We would only look at this if it’s during our fall break. That’s usually around the second week in October. It’s the only time we’d entertain that, and we’d only look at it once every three years. That’s where we’re at as far as how it impacts us.”
Ohio State is only scheduled to host one home game during its next three fall breaks.
|Year||Fall Break Date||Game that weekend|
|2017||Oct. 12-13||at Nebraska|
|2018||Oct. 11-12||vs. Minnesota|
|2019||Oct. 10-11||Open date|
Jarmond said Ohio State identified fall break as the only time it would host a Friday game because of the minimal disruption it would bring to campus.
As far as the goal of doing it only once every three years at most, Jarmond said the program wants to be respectful of high school football in Ohio.
“Obviously, we know this is important to the conference and our TV partners, but we also want to be sensitive to high school football,” he said. “That’s very important in Ohio. That’s why we have those parameters to only do it once every three years.”
There’s a chance Ohio State ends up playing a Friday night game regardless of whether it wants to, however. If it’s for a road trip, the decision is at the discretion of the host team.