Report: NJCAA expected to push football season to spring
Another domino in delaying the start of the college football season appears to be falling.
On Sunday, The Athletic reported that the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is expected to move its football season to the spring. The plan is reportedly expected to be approved on Monday.
“This plan gives our student-athletes the best opportunity to have as much of a quality season in the spring for all sports, while also allowing some time and engagement when allowed by their individual institutions in the fall,” said Dr. Christopher Parker, the NJCAA president and CEO, according to ESPN.
Football practices are scheduled to begin on March 1 with competitions beginning March 25, according to the report. A maximum of seven games would be permitted and play would be concluded in the regular season by May 15. The NJCAA championship and bowl games would be played in June.
The news comes less than a week after the Ivy League voted to cancel its football season for the fall, though it will re-evaluate the situation at a later date and could implement a spring season.
Also this week, the B1G announced it will shift to a conference-only schedule for all fall 2020 sports.