The Mid-American Conference has postponed its entire fall sports season, becoming the first FBS conference to make the drastic decision because of ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
League presidents met Saturday morning and voted unanimously for the postponement. The MAC is the first FBS conference to opt not to play this fall. Earlier this week, FBS independent UConn became the first FBS program to cancel its season.
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.”
The Mid-American Conference on Saturday became the first league competing at college football’s highest level to cancel its fall season because of coronavirus concerns.
No decision had been made regarding winter sports, including men’s and women’s basketball.
Nine of 13 conferences at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) — Division I’s second tier — already announced postponement of their fall football seasons with an eye toward making them up in the spring.