Mountain West Conference says it will punt football, fall sports seasons to spring
LOGAN — The Mountain West is following the Mid-American Conference in punting fall sports to the spring.
The conference based in the Intermountain West, which includes Utah State, has voted to postpone the 2020 football season. The conference confirmed the decision as first reported by Stadium. The Athletic, ESPN and other outlets also reported the news Monday afternoon.
The decision comes just over 48 hours after the MAC became the first Football Bowl Subdivision conference to postpone the fall season. Both leagues will hope to restart the season in the spring, assuming the current infection rate of COVID-19 decreases.
The conference said in a news release that the board of directors “prioritized the physical and mental health and well-being of the conference’s student-athletes and overall campus communities” in making the decision.
The conference acknowledged the decision about a half-hour later, adding that the move also cancels all fall sports championships and events. The Mountain West also sponsors cross country, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball in the fall.
Non-championship fall competitions such as golf, baseball and softball were previously canceled.
“Since the start of the pandemic, our membership and staff have been working diligently to prepare for a fall sports season,” Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said. “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 ...
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