College Sports Fall Season in Jeopardy

August 11, 2020 / Athletic AdministrationFootball
With each passing day, it’s becoming more and more unlikely a fall sports season will happen for many college programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently three small NCAA Division I conferences announced the indefinite postponement of scheduled fall sports, according to a report from CNN. The Mountain West Conference (MWC) shared its decision on Monday, while the final four schools of the 10-team Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) also decided to opt-out of fall sports in light of the pandemic.

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And over the weekend the Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced it too will forgo the fall season — becoming the first NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision to postpone its football season, according to CNN.

Additionally, reports from The Detroit Free Press and Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick say both the Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences will join the MAC this week in postponing the football season — meaning two of the “Power 5” conferences to potentially not have football this fall.

In follow-up reporting, the Big Ten and Pac-12 are both expected to announce a decision this week. The potential decision by the Big Ten would undoubtedly be disappointing to some high-profile head football coaches.

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Ohio State’s Ryan Day, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost, and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh have all lobbied for some semblance of a college football season. Joining those big-name coaches have been some equally big-name players. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been outspoken on Twitter with his desire to play, using the hashtag #WeWantToPlay.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields also tweeted out the #WeWantToPlay hashtag, joining his ACC counterpart.

The status of the college sports season has also gotten the attention of President Donald Trump, who also weighed in on Twitter, stamping his opinion with the #WeWantToPlay hashtag.

To read the full report from CNN on the current state of fall sports and football in college amid the COVID-19 pandemic, click here