Report: MAC punts on 2020 fall sports season
A conference at the FBS level is officially punting on the fall sports season, according to multiple reports.
Saturday morning, Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported that concerns surrounding COVID-19 have forced the Mid-American Conference (MAC) to cancel sports for the fall semester, including football. Instead, the league is hoping to try again in the spring.
Per McMurphy, the MAC took a “huge financial hit” when Power Five conferences decided to switch to league-only schedules for the 2020 season. The conference cited player health and safety concerns for its decision to punt on the season.
The MAC is the first conference at the FBS level to opt out of fall sports this year.
Other levels of the NCAA — Division II and Division III — have decided to not pursue fall sports in 2020, as well. At the FCS level, a handful of conferences have already decided to eliminate football in the fall and look at attempting a season in the spring, though not all conferences have made that jump just yet.