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FCS college football won’t happen in 2020

The division below the Football Bowl Subdivision won’t have 50% of its teams participating, and so there will be no championship in 2020.

North Dakota State Bison quarterback Trey Lance celebrates winning the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game between the North Dakota State Bison and the James Madison Dukes on January 11, 2020 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

FCS football won’t have a championship in 2020.

As part of their directives earlier this week, the NCAA Board of Governors established a standard saying that at least 50% of schools in a division must participate in a sport for a championship to take place. With the Big Sky Conference saying they won’t play this fall, the threshold has been crossed.

The calculation above doesn’t include teams in the Ivy League, which also won’t play but doesn’t participate in the FCS Championship. And it looks like the schools above won’t be the only ones.

Schools can still technically play this fall if they can find opponents for now, but they won’t have a championship to play for, and they wouldn’t be able to participate in any potential spring season that might arise.

After the NCAA Board of Governors decision, this seemed like the most likely path forward. It’s also possible there are some FBS leagues that choose not to play football as well, although they are governed separately and the NCAA decisions above do not apply to bowl-eligible football.