Mountain West Cancels 2020 Season
The Mountain West Conference announced yesterday its plans to postpone the 2020 football season, citing concerns over player safety in relation to COVID-19.
The league voted Monday and is now the second FBS conference to move forward with cancelling the football season. This vote and subsequent announcement came shortly after the news broke about Old Dominion becoming the second individual team to postpone or cancel their season.
According to an article from CBS, many league presidents intended to play this year, but with rising COVID-19 cases and the cancellation of the MAC season, their opinions flipped.
Dr. Mary Papazian, chair of the MWC board of directors said on Monday, "Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our students, student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and overall communities. Through the hard work of many over the past several months, the conference made every effort to create an opportunity for our student-athletes to compete, and we empathize with the disappointment this creates for everyone associated with our programs. The best interests of our students and student-athletes remain our focus and we will persist in our efforts to forge a viable and responsible path forward."
With the postponement of the Mountain West fall football season, the total number of schools not playing this year rises to 26. As of now the Mountain West is reportedly considering a spring football season, but there has been no announcement yet.
The Big 10 and Pac-12 are expected to make an announcement by the end of the day, but you have to wonder, will this have any influence over their decisions?