By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

It has been a tough 2020 as we have seen with COVID-19 and Social protest in many cities. The BIG-10 conference in trying to make strides with social justice as earlier this month it announced a “United as One” Campaign. 

This football season on opening weekend the conference had an All-Black crew work Minnesota hosting Michigan at TCF Bank Stadium. The crew of 11 was sent because Minneapolis is the home of George Floyd. 

According to the BIG-10 it was the first time any Power Five Conference has done such a thing. 

“The principal of equality is very important to me personally and to the BIG Ten Conference,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. “BIG Ten football has been around since 1896, but tonight marks the first time an All-African American football crew has led a game. It is a special weekend for BIG Ten and we are honored to have all 14 institutions and their student led social justice initiatives.” 

The Equality Coalition formed earlier in 2020 has more than 200 members that includes student -athletes, coaches, director of athletics, Chancellors and school administrators from all of its institutions.