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Mountain West postpones fall football season; may try to play in spring

Another league bites the dust.

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Another FBS conference has bowed out of having football this fall.

According to Stadium reporter Brett McMurphy, the Mountain West has postponed fall sports with the hope it may be able to resume football in the spring.

The Mountain West Conference has canceled its football season this fall because of player health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19, sources told Stadium.

In a vote of league presidents Monday, the Mountain West became the second Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference to cancel all of its fall sports, sources said.

The Mountain West will consider playing football in the spring, sources said.

The Big Ten is trending toward cancelling its season, while the MAC already did so Saturday. The ACC and SEC are still attempting to have a season.

It’s looking like if there is some kind of season this fall, most, if not all of the non-Power 5 conferences will cancel their seasons. Not only do their programs not bring in as much money as leagues like the SEC, they also aren’t getting any money from matchups with Power 5 teams.

Schools like Boise State aren’t getting paid to play schools like Florida State this year since most of the Power 5 leagues have decided to go with conference-only schedules if they’re able to have seasons. This, coupled with the threat of what the coronavirus can do makes it nearly impossible for smaller FBS conferences to have seasons.

It’s really sad it’s come to this, but we’re going to see most of these smaller conferences cancelling their seasons very soon.