No Big Sky Conference sports in the fall

No Big Sky Conference sports in the fall

Universities comprising the Missouri Valley Football Conference, Big Sky Conference and Pioneer Football League all said they won't play this fall, which effectively pulled the plug on postseason play for the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

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.

Skyline Sports, a Montana-based website that covers the Big Sky extensively, said it spoke with a league athletic director who said a recommendation was given Thursday for a three-game nonconference schedule to be played in the fall or spring and eight-game spring spring schedule. "We will now shift our attention to doing everything within our power to provide our football student-athletes and coaches with a conference schedule and a championship opportunity in the spring". An announcement by the conference is expected on Friday. The league has "begun exploring modified versions of a conference football schedule to be played in the spring and fully supports the NCAA shifting the FCS championship to the spring", according to the release. "There are still a lot of unknowns but we will use this time to further player development within the program and will be ready when we get the opportunity to play". Sources told McMurphy the MAC's presidents voted Saturday morning on the decision, becoming the first NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision conference to cancel its season.

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You have probably seen widespread unofficial reports that the fall season is canceled, but no official indication from the conference itself. "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". The NCAA also announced Wednesday that Division III athletics are suspended this fall. With these conference decisions, the FCS will fall below the benchmark of 50% participation by member schools required to hold a postseason in 2020.

In addition to football, the MAC is reportedly canceling all sports this fall.

The University of Montana's season-opening game against Central Washington, which was scheduled for September 5 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, was also canceled.

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