UConn punts on 2020 college football season
There will be no football this year at the University of Connecticut.
On Wednesday morning, the athletic department announced that UConn’s football team will participate in the 2020 season. The decision comes after all Power Five conferences at the FBS level switched to an all-conference or “plus-one” model for the upcoming season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UConn released a statement on its decision on Wednesday.
“After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,” director of athletics David Benedict said. “The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk.”
UConn’s website also states that, “Members of the team will remain enrolled in classes, either virtually or in person, as full-time students at UConn. The team members will also retain access to facilities and support services in accordance with NCAA rules, ensuring that student-athletes remain on track academically and developmentally.”
Spring football does not appear to be an option for UConn at this time.