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Report: MAC considering February re-start for football

The Mid-American Conference is sorting out plans to restart sports.

The Mid-American Conference logo is displayed on the field during the college football game between the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils and the Ball State Cardinals on August 30, 2018, at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana. Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UPDATE: September 17th 1:45 p.m.: The league athletic directors met last night, and are possibly eyeing a return to football on October 24th.

We might get some spring MACtion! The Mid-American Conference is considering a proposal that would start the football season in February, according to Toledo Blade reporter Nicholas Piotrowicz. The proposal would start an eight-game schedule on February 20th and the league would play some of its games on weeknights to avoid conflicting with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, scheduled to start its first round on March 18.

The proposal has not yet been recommended to the league or received approval from the presidents MAC schools. Additionally, the MAC has not sorted out plans for winter sports that would normally start their season later in the fall semester. However, the league is hoping to have firm plans on all 2021 sports by November or December, per the report.

The league suspended the football season on August 8th, making it the first FBS league to do so. That sent a variety of dominos in motion, leading to the eventual suspension of the Pac-12 and Big Ten seasons.