UMass becomes latest to postpone college football season
Another school will go without college football in the fall.
Tuesday, UMass released a statement saying that it will not move forward with a college football season during the fall. The university released a statement on the matter, explaining its decision.
“After consulting with university, state and public health officials, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 UMass football season,” said athletic director Ryan Bamford. “We have been in constant communication with university leadership and our football staff since March, with the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff remaining our top priority. The continuing challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic posed too great of a risk, and we reached the conclusion that attempting to play a season would not have placed the members of our program in the safest situation possible.”
UMass, which is an independent program at the FBS level, says it intends to attempt to play a season in the spring. The MAC and Mountain West conferences have also stated they will intend to have football in the spring months.
“These times have presented us with extensive uncertainty, and we are disappointed for all the members of our fall sports programs who will not have the opportunity to compete this autumn,” Bamford said. “We remain hopeful and fully intend to conduct a competitive schedule for our fall sports in the 2021 spring semester.”
While more FBS conferences and teams are opting out of the 2020 season, no Power 5 team or conference has decided to cancel fall sports just yet.