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The Huge Sky Conference has voted to hold off college football competition up until the spring, casting further doubt on the practicality of staging the NCAA Football Championship Neighborhood (FCS) playoff this fall due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
” The health and wellness of our students is our top priority, and eventually that concern guided our decision-making procedure over the past few months as we checked out every choice concerning the 2020 football season,” stated Andy Feinstein, president of the University of Northern Colorado and chair of the Big Sky Presidents’ Council.
” We acknowledge just how meaningful these chances are to the student-athletes, coaches, and staff throughout our conference, and understand that they won’t be able to contend this succumb to a Huge Sky championship. We aspire to supply our football programs with that opportunity in the spring when it’s ideally more secure to be able to do so.”
The Big Sky is amongst the much deeper FCS conferences, frequently sending multiple groups to the playoffs. League officials are hoping other FCS conferences will take comparable action which the playoffs can be carried out in the spring semester too, though that would likewise need a waiver from the NCAA.
” We will now move our attention to doing whatever within our power to supply our football student-athletes and coaches with a conference schedule and a champion opportunity in the spring. We currently have actually started actively engaging our fellow FCS conferences and the NCAA to join us then for what will be a special chance to go back to competition and compete for an FCS champion,” Big Sky Commissioner Tom Wistrcill said.
The Colonial Athletic Association, another strong FCS league, had actually revealed previously it would not stage a conference football schedule in the fall but would permit its member schools to pursue their own scheduling chances. Seasonal CAA power James Madison, which was scheduled to open camp today, has actually chosen not to proceed with pursuing fall football.
The Patriot League and Ivy League had actually likewise cancelled football this fall, though the latter does not participate in the FCS playoffs.