UConn suspends 2020 football season
Today, the University of Connecticut announced its decision to suspend the 2020 football season amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. This news comes just weeks after UConn officially left the American Athletic Conference, planning to originally play as an independent this season.
The Huskies, who recorded a 2-10 record in their final season in the AAC, are the first FBS program to suspend the season due to concerns over Coronavirus.
UConn Athletic director, David Benedict, in a news release said, "After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we've decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season. The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk."
As of early July, UConn had reported zero positive tests for COVID-19, but after talks between administrators, coaches, and players the decision was made to suspend the season. he University has said that players will remain enrolled in school and have access to all facilities and support services to ensure they stay on track academically. What this means for football eligibility has yet to be seen.
Whether or not this trend will continue to spread across college football is unknown, but it poses the question of what other independent schools will decide to do for this season. Will other independents go the same route as Notre Dame and align with a conference for this year, or will we see more schools suspend their seasons?