Mountain West Cancels Fall Football Season
Mountain West joins the MAC with no fall football
Spring football is in the conversation
It was only a matter of time before the next conference to drop football from the fall and that is the Mountain West joining the MAC in not playing college football this fall.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes was paramount in our decision,” a source said via Brett McMurphy of Stadium.
The league made it official with a statement from Commissioner Craig Thompson:
“Since the start of the pandemic, our membership and staff have been working diligently to prepare for a fall sports season,” said MW Commissioner Craig Thompson. “We were hopeful we could carefully and responsibly conduct competition as originally scheduled with essential protocols in place. However, numerous external factors and unknowns outside our control made this difficult decision necessary. I fully understand the impact of this outcome on our student- athletes, coaches, administrators and staff who work so hard daily to play the sports we all love, and I share in their disappointment. We will continue to navigate this pandemic together, overcome the obstacles and return to intercollegiate athletics at the earliest opportunity.”
This should not come as surprise or a shock as no college football in the fall has been on the table ever since COVID-19 hit the United States hard.
As the months went on from the middle of March that shutdown all sports, there was a lingering thought this could last well into the calendar year and it did. Who knows if people adhered more to social distancing and mask-wearing that a season could have gone on. I’d give it a bit more of a chance but not much.
These are college athletes and not pros and that is a big difference. There is no way to bubble a college football team to make this work and it was inevitable that no college sports in the fall would happen.
Also, there was no real leadership in trying to find a way to have college football go on, it seemed like that it was let’s just wait out the virus from the higher-ups and hope for the best.
The Mountain West is now looking at playing some sort of football in the spring, per McMurphy. Who knows what that will look like and one thing for sure is that it will not look like a full-on college football season that we usually see in the fall.
For the record, not playing college football in the fall was
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the right choice.