The 2020 college football season is on the precipice of being postponed to the spring, if not canceled outright. The Mid-American Conference shut down its season over the weekend, and the University of Connecticut (Independent) and Old Dominion University (Conference USA) have both shut down football for the fall.
Rumors are flying about the power five conferences, and things are changing almost by the hour. There is an abundance of rumor and speculation and this week could see things finally get sorted out. The speculation has most conferences expected to cancel, or at least postpone their season, but university presidents and conference committees are still meeting to sort out the decisions.
We’ll be tracking news for each conference individually, but this article will serve as a clearing house for all the rumors and news around the fall 2020 FBS season.
8:33 p.m.: One league does look like it’s going forward, and that’s the Big 12 for now.
Source: The Big 12 Presidents are wrapping up their call. The league is going to continue to pursue playing this season. A schedule, which was already prepared, will be released in the near future. This confirms what our @rivals friends at @SoonerScoop reported.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 12, 2020
6:33 p.m.: Looks like we might not be done for the evening.
Hard to keep up on what's been reported but hearing the American is planning to delay the start of its season and the Big 12 is meeting. Unclear if it will have a definitive decision tonight.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 11, 2020
3:05 p.m.: The Big Ten announced it is postponing football and all other fall sports. The spring remains an option for resuming play, but the conference is considering all options.
2:59 p.m.: The Pac-12 should have a decision this afternoon.
Pac-12 CEO Group still in its meeting, per conference source.— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) August 11, 2020
Expect an official announcement on the fall football season around 1p PT. Multiple Pac-12 universities are preparing statements.
6:31 p.m. Rice has decided to push back their season for now, and the Sun Belt is going to continue to try and play for now.
Rice is pushing back its start of the season to Sept. 26— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 10, 2020
Sun Belt Conference plans to follow SEC’s lead & play sports this fall, sources told @Stadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 10, 2020
5:43 p.m. The Mountain West Conference will suspend play until 2021 at least.
More news: Mountain West cancels fall football season because of COVID player health & safety concerns, sources told @Stadium. League will consider playing in spring. MW & MAC are 1st two FBS leagues opting not to play, bringing total to 26 FBS programs https://t.co/LPi7iX4tzA— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 10, 2020
5:19 p.m. American Conference prepares to move forward for now
Sources: ACC ADs met today and are "moving forward in an attempt to play," in the words of one staffer. League presidents could be meeting today as well.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) August 10, 2020
1:52 p.m. Dozens of American Athletic Conference players publicly support #WeWantToPlay movement, which includes “players association” that can bargain like a union.
We want to play and I believe we will Please don’t take this away from us. pic.twitter.com/X4I32LlnIT— KJ Sails 9⃣‼️ (@KJ2LiVE) August 10, 2020
12:37 p.m.: Old Dominion cancels fall sports
Old Dominion Athletics Announces Cancellation of Fall Sports Season#ODUSports | #ODU https://t.co/T3blXPvfLf— ODU Athletics (@ODUSports) August 10, 2020
11:42 a.m.: Big Ten to cancel season
Sources: Big Ten cancels football season; no games for Michigan, Michigan State in 2020 https://t.co/ir96jXjCE1 via @freep @reporterdavidj @ByChrisThomas— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) August 10, 2020
9:10 a.m.: Dan Patrick hearing rumors about Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, ACC, Big 12
DP was told an hour ago that the Big 10 and Pac 12 will cancel their football seasons tomorrow... The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence.. And the SEC is trying to get teams to join them for a season.— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) August 10, 2020
Watch live: https://t.co/sMaeXQkLfl pic.twitter.com/oSUNGMTEqw
MAC cancels fall football season
Huge news: Mid-American cancels fall football season because of COVID player health & safety concerns, sources told @Stadium. MAC took a huge financial hit when Power 5’s cut nonconference games & intends to try & play in spring, sources said #RIPMACtion https://t.co/V8F488nrF0— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 8, 2020
UConn suspends fall football
Sources UConn suspends fb for season— Mark Blaudschun (@blauds) August 5, 2020