President Trump’s “October surprise” may have come a bit early on Wednesday when the Big Ten athletic conference announced its return to the field late next month — in time to satisfy rabid college football fans before Election Day across a swath of swing states that the president needs to win.
Mr. Trump, who lobbied Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren earlier this month to play football, claimed credit for the reversal. He called it “Great News” on Twitter.
“Have a FANTASTIC SEASON! It is my great honor to have helped!!!” the president tweeted.
The storied athletic conference covers states stretching from the eastern seaboard to the midwest that Mr. Trump is fighting to win against Democrat Joseph R. Biden: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien also celebrated the announcement.
“This is huge news, not just for college football fans, but for all Americans looking for key indicators that we can reopen our society