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BigTen funds research to prepare for the future of football




We've all read the stories about the decline of football at the High School level:

The Decline Of Football Is Real And It’s Accelerating

According to data from the Aspen Institute and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), from 2008-19 to 2018-19 the total number of youths aged 6 to 18 playing tackle football fell by more than 620,000, from about 2.5 million to less than 1.9 million. It seems almost certain that 2020 or 2021 will see overall high school participation in tackle football drop to below 1 million players, a level of participation not seen since 1998.

Fortunately, top tier research universities, like the ones making up the Big Ten are making great strides in the technology that will allow our favorite sport, college football, to continue even as it dies off in High Schools. Behold, Footbot 7000, a robot capable of autonomously performing all the most important football skills: