Second FBS conference opts out of 2020 college football season
A second FBS conference has decided to postpone the 2020 college football season, and all fall sports, due to COVID-19.
On Monday, the Mountain West released a statement saying that it has decided to postpone the fall sports season due to the ongoing pandemic. It is the second FBS league to make that choice, following the MAC, which made the decision on Saturday.
The postponement of fall sports is listed as “indefinite” at this time. The sports affected by the decision are men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.
From the Mountain West Conference:
“Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our students, student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and overall communities,” said Dr. Mary Papazian, President at San José State University and Chair of the MW Board of Directors. “Through the hard work of many over the past several months, the Conference made every effort to create an opportunity for our student-athletes to compete, and we empathize with the disappointment this creates for everyone associated with our programs. The best interests of our students and student-athletes remain our focus and we will persist in our efforts to forge a viable and responsible path forward.”
“Since the start of the pandemic, our membership and staff have been working diligently to prepare for a fall sports season,” said MW Commissioner Craig Thompson. “We were hopeful we could carefully and responsibly conduct competition as originally scheduled with essential protocols in place. However, numerous external factors and unknowns outside our control made this difficult decision necessary. I fully understand the impact of this outcome on our student- athletes, coaches, administrators and staff who work so hard daily to play the sports we all love, and I share in their disappointment. We will continue to navigate this pandemic together, overcome the obstacles and return to intercollegiate athletics at the earliest opportunity.”
No Power 5 conference has made a final decision on the season at this time.