MAC Cancels Football, Fall Sports With Hopes Of A Spring Season
More Mountain West games get the ax.
MAC pushing football.
The first FBS conference to drop football for the fall comes from the MAC which made the news this morning after a meeting which saw the 12 university presidents vote unanimously to not play football this fall.
The league is looking into playing not just football but all fall sports to the spring. This will help those student-athletes have a season and for the seniors, their final time suiting up for their respective sports.
MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said the decision “was not made lightly nor without significant contemplation and conversation over the past weeks.”
“Clearly we are charting a conservative path — and it is one that has been recommended by our medical advisory group,” Steinbrecher told reporters on a video conference. “There are simply too many unknowns for us to put our student-athletes in situations that are not clearly understood. We have traditionally been a leader on student-athlete well-being issues. This has not been an easy decision. For the Mid-American Conference, it is the right decision.”
This leads to a lot of other questions like can spring football work and what it would look like, and if this news by the MAC could lead to other leagues follow suit by not playing this fall.
As for the Mountain West, this means more teams are needing more games. Wyoming (Ball State), San Jose State (Central Michigan), and San Diego State (Toledo) with the MAC not playing this fall.
The Mountain West going to eight conference games and two non-conference games were to limit canceled games but now there are multiple Mountain West teams that need to add more games. However, it should be noted that the Mountain West is not requiring those two non-conference but they can schedule up to two more.
Expect the schedules to change even more as the season moves forward.