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Sports MAC becomes the first FBS conference to cancel its football season

19:21  08 august  2020
19:21  08 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The MAC is the first FBS conference to cancel the season during the coronavirus pandemic . No official announcement has been made yet by the conference . If that’s not an absolute disaster, then I don’t know what is. For the first time in a couple weeks, I’m actually legitimately nervous right now.

UConn announced Wednesday that it is canceling its 2020 football program. "After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with The Huskies, an independent, are the first FBS school to decide to shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, per ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.

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.

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The 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season will be a season of college football games in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at its highest level of competition, the Football Bowl Subdivison.

As the MAC is an FBS conference , its full members are subject to the NCAA requirement that FBS members field teams in at least 16 NCAA-recognized sports. However, the MAC itself requires sponsorship of only four sports: football , men's and women's basketball, and women's volleyball.[50].

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the league had not yet made an announcement.

Stadium was the first to report the decision following a meeting of the league’s presidents on Saturday morning.

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MAC schools have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the majority of their revenues for athletics come from university subsidies and student fees. Central Michigan and Akron have dropped multiple sports already, and Bowling Green reversed its decision to shut down the baseball program only after a grassroots fundraising effort.

The MAC was facing major financial obstacles heading into football season. © Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports The MAC was facing major financial obstacles heading into football season.

Besides a small slice of television revenue, MAC schools make the rest of their money on football game guarantees, which amount to appearance fees to play big conference schools. MAC schools stood to make $10.5 million alone this season from non-conference games against the Big Ten.

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Like the conference itself, football experienced much transition through its history – in fact it was the main force behind such departures and expansion. In 2003, the BCS announced that it would adjust the automatic bids granted to its six founding conferences based on results from 2004 to 2007.

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But with the SEC and notably the Big Ten deciding to play only within their conference, the only MAC games left on the schedule against the Power Five were Buffalo at Kansas State, Ball State at Iowa State, Miami at Pitt, Ohio at Boston College and Western Michigan at Notre Dame.

According to the person with knowledge of the situation, the numbers no longer added up for the majority of schools to try to play football this fall. The situation could be revisited later in the year to try a spring season, though there are significant obstacles for that option as well.

Though Power Five leagues have different financial incentives to continue on the path toward a fall season, the question over the next few weeks is whether the MAC is an anomaly or the first indication that the college season simply was not feasible under these circumstances.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MAC becomes the first FBS conference to cancel its football season


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Ohio State HC Day wants potential spring season to start early in January .
The Big Ten may have canceled its fall season Tuesday, but Ryan Day won't give up on playing football just yet. The Ohio State head coach believes the conference must finalize a plan for a potential spring campaign and have it begin as soon as possible. "I'm sure there will be a lot of back-and-forth here, but starting the first week of January would be the best week to go, an eight-week season," Day told reporters, according to ESPN's AdamThe Ohio State head coach believes the conference must finalize a plan for a potential spring campaign and have it begin as soon as possible.

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