SALE LAKE CITY – There seems to be no Weber or SUU state football this fall, as the presidents of the Big Sky conference voted to cancel autumn football, several national reports said.
The decision was made at a meeting of conference school presidents on Thursday afternoon, and was first reported at the Stadium. The Oregon reported that Big Sky athletics directors will meet at 5.30pm. review the decision of school presidents.
Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen confirmed to the school’s student newspaper that the fall football season may have been postponed to spring. Sixteen of the Hornets 21 college sports compete in the Big Sky conference, including football, which is the only sport the president has confirmed he is currently interested in.
“We just don’t think it’s safe for our players right now,” Nelsen told the State Hornet.
According to the newspaper, no decisions were made on cross-country skiing, women’s football and women’s volleyball. But the postponement of Big Sky football is likely to lower football league membership below the required 50% attendance to host off-season playoffs, as the NCAA announced on Wednesday. If the Big Sky reports and subsequent reports that the Pioneer Football League has suspended the fall season, the number of teams eligible for FCS playoffs will drop to 48. Alex Baldwin praises cinema entrances,
The FCS has 127 teams, including the Ivy League, the Middle East Athletics Conference, the Patriot League and the Northeastern Conference, which had already stopped the season, although not all of them are eligible for the playoffs each year. For example, the champions of MEAC and the Southwestern Athletics Conference are giving up the automatic qualifying place to play in a party pot that highlights historically black colleges and universities.
KSL.com is working to test the degree of Big Sky cancellation.
Jber Davis (20), running from Weber State, is trying to get rid of James Madison’s line-up player Dimitri Holloway (2) during the NCAA Football League split semi-finals in Harrisonburg, Washington, on December 21, 2019. (Photo: Daniel Lins, Daily News-Record via AP)
The report comes as conferences and collegiate bodies across the United States are working to understand how they will manage college sports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Big Sky is made up of 13 universities located in Utah, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. According to Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 is no lower than 5% in any of the states where Big Sky schools are located. This is the speed recommended by the World Health Organization to start relaunching the economy. Three of the schools are located in the 10 states with the highest COVID-19 positivity.
Earlier this week, most of the University of Idaho football teams – one of the schools that attended the conference – voted to release the 2020 season, according to stadium and ESPN reports. Idaho is one of the countries with a high level of positive affairs; Nine of the 125 coronavirus-positive athletes tested were tested in the school’s athletics program.
The Vandal 2020 schedule included a match with SUU on November 7th.
This decision affects not only Weber and SUU, but also Dixia in its first season as a Division I schedule. The Trailblazers football team is independent of the FCS and included a schedule with four Big Sky opponents, including SUU on September 5 and Weber State on October 10. previously canceled.
The state of Dixia is competing in the Western Athletics Conference for other sports, but has scheduled six football games and four volleyball games against Big Sky teams this fall. Four football and two volleyball matches have already been canceled before Big Sky presidents vote on Thursday afternoon.
The WAC, which is not a football conference that includes the Utah Valley among nine teams, had previously announced the late start of the season, at least September 10 in women’s football and September 16 in men’s football and women’s volleyball.