American Conference votes to resume fall football season

MAC will return to fall football action Nov. 4

The MAC on August 8 became the first FBS conference to postpone the fall football season because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The return of the MAC represents the symbolic return of college football in its near entirety, as a sport that at one point in August faced almost 40 percent of its teams pulling out of the season is now close to playing in full.

The MACtion will start on a Wednesday, of course, and the championship game will be played December 18 or 19. The league is now planning to play in the fall after initially postponing the season over COVID-19.

The conference approved COVID-19 testing protocols, including four tests per week that will start October 5. The complete list of protocols will be released next week, according to the WMU press release.

Presidents from the 12 Mid-American Conference schools voted unanimously Friday to play the 2020 college football season, becoming the last of the 10 FBS conferences to announce a return to play.

Kent State's football team celebrates after defeating Akron last season. Public attendance and tailgating will not be allowed. Football is the only sport being resumed with all others (soccer, cross country, volleyball) tentatively scheduled to return during the spring sports season when their respective NCAA Championships will occur.

The conference is still putting together additional protocols, including cancellation protocols and guidelines for marching bands, dance, cheer and spirit squads.

The decision by the Mid-American Conference Council of Presidents reflects our overall concern for the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes. But, he added, the MAC's doctors and experts "made me a believer".

"No one was more hesitant than me", he said.



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