The Mountain West Conference will not play a fall season and instead explore playing in the spring, the conference
— Mountain West (@MountainWest) August 10, 2020
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The decision comes two days after the MAC made the same call, and on the same day the Big Ten is considering the same thing. Pac-12 presidents will meet virtually tomorrow to discuss their fall season plans.
With the Mountain West, the MAC, Old Dominion and Connecticut not playing, a full 20 percent of FBS (26 of 130) has dropped out of the fall 2020 season.
From the official announcement:
The Mountain West has announced the indefinite postponement of all scheduled fall sports contests and MW championship events in response to ongoing challenges with the effective mitigation and management of the COVID-19 virus in conjunction with athletic competition. The MW Board of Directors prioritized the physical and mental health and well-being of the Conference’s student-athletes and overall campus communities in its decision – as it has done throughout the course of the pandemic.The fall sports affected by today’s decision include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball (with the exception of the unique circumstances involved with the military service academies). Last week, the league announced that all fall competition in the sports of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, softball and baseball was canceled. At this time, there are ongoing discussions regarding the status of winter sports. The Mountain West will begin to explore the feasibility of rescheduling fall sports competition, including the possibility of those sports competing in the spring, and develop options for consideration. Athletically-related activities and training opportunities for enrolled student-athletes will also be evaluated consistent with NCAA legislation and guidance, as well as state, local and campus parameters.
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