American Conference postpones fall sports

American Conference postpones fall sports

The conference didn't have any swimmers or divers qualified for the NCAA Championships this season, which were eventually cancelled, though 14 divers earned All-America honors.

It's hard to imagine a fall in Montana without Bobcat and Grizzly football, but multiple reports, including The Denver Post and sports websites around the country, are reporting the Big Sky Conference does not plan to play football in the fall. In non-football sports, FBS schools compete as part of the broader Division I of the NCAA.

Facing significant financial losses without the ability to play more than a handful of non-conference games against Power Five opponents this season, the Mid-American Conference became the first Football Bowl Subdivision conference to cancel its fall season on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

"This is the right decision for our member institutions, even though we realize how disappointing it will be for all who represent and care about Big Sky football", Big Sky commissioner Tom Wistrcill said.

MAC teams had 11 non-conference games initially scheduled this year against the Big Ten.

The Big Sky has postponed their conference football competition to Spring of 2021, the league announced on Friday. "We already have begun actively engaging our fellow FCS conferences and the NCAA to join us then for what will be a unique opportunity to return to competition and compete for an FCS championship".

Two days later, the tournaments were canceled.

Other similar cancelations left the conference with just 5 total 'money games, ' where power programs pay smaller schools to come play in their stadiums, remaining.

Furthermore, the NCAA said that "if fall sports championships are postponed in any division, a decision to conduct that championship at a later date will be based upon the scientific data available at that time regarding Covid-19, along with other considerations". UM's September 19 contest against Morehead State remains in limbo after the Pioneer Football League canceled its non-conference contests.

UNC - now coached by former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey - is scheduled to play McNeese State and Colorado State in non-conference games.

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