SWAC announces plan to shelve fall sports until spring
Another NCAA conference has decided to postpone the fall sports season and wait until at least spring 2021 to give it another try.
Monday night, the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) announced that it will shelve all fall sports in 2020 and will begin working on a strategy to have those programs restart in the spring semester. The news comes after recent spikes of COVID-19 cases in certain regions of the country.
The SWAC announced that, for the spring, it plans to have a 7-game conference-only schedule. There will also be an 8-week practice period to prepare for the season.
Below is part of the statement from the SWAC:
The fall sports impacted include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The conference has started the process of formalizing plans to conduct a competitive schedule for the fall sports during the 2021 spring semester.
Specifically, in the sport of football the plan includes a seven-game conference schedule beginning with an eight-week training period in January 2021. Each member institution will play a total of six conference games (four divisional/two non-divisional) with the option to play one non-conference game.
Additional details regarding scheduling for women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country along with the Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Championship game will be released at a later date.
The SWAC is considered to be one of the premier HBCU conferences in the NCAA. Its football programs compete at the FCS level. You can read the conference’s full statement here.