There will no ‘MACtion’ this fall.
This morning, we learned from Brett McMurphy that we will not be seeing the Mid-American Conference playing football this fall. The MAC will not be playing football due to health concerns and the risk of the spread of the coronavirus.
The MAC is the first FBS conference to announce that they won’t be playing football this fall. It would not surprise me if we see more decisions like this. McMurphy also said in his release that heath reason weren’t the only cause of the cancellation. He said also it would be hard the conference to make the budget meet without the revenue from the non-conference games with the Power 5 schools, as most of those conferences have announced they won’t have non-conference games this fall. This is a huge hurdle for the other FBS conferences as well.
Although the conference said that they won’t be playing this fall, they do expect to try their best to play in the spring. We hope that comes to be true but we will see. With fall being canceled the 12 schools you won’t see action are: Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ohio, Toledo, and Western Michigan.
But this may just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of college football as a whole not happening this fall.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde, there’s a growing belief that all fall sports could be postponed by the end of the week.
Prominent industry source: "I think by the end of the week the fall sports will be postponed in all conferences."— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) August 8, 2020
We should probably start getting used to the thought of now college football this fall, if you weren’t already. The coronavirus is spreading too fast to think we can make it a full season with players on campuses full of thousands of other students and not have major outbreaks within teams.