The league has "begun exploring modified versions of a conference football schedule to be played in the spring and fully supports the NCAA shifting the FCS championship to the spring", according to the release.
The Big Sky Conference announced Friday that it is postponing its fall 2020 football season to spring 2021. In non-football sports, FBS schools compete as part of the broader Division I of the NCAA.
The league's presidents council announced Friday that it will not conduct conference play this fall, instead moving to an eight-game spring schedule, with the expectation that the season will culminate with a spring Football Championship Subdivision playoff.
Skyline Sports, a Montana-based website that covers the Big Sky extensively, said it spoke with a league athletic director who said a recommendation was given Thursday for a three-game nonconference schedule to be played in the fall or spring and eight-game spring spring schedule. "We recognize just how meaningful these opportunities are to the student-athletes, coaches, and staff throughout our conference, and empathize that they won't be able to compete this fall for a Big Sky championship".
While the Big Sky Conference does not sponsor swimming, 3 of its member institutions do.
The sports impacted are men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball.
© Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports The MAC was facing major financial obstacles heading into football season. Central Michigan and Akron have dropped multiple sports already, and Bowling Green reversed its decision to shut down the baseball program only after a grassroots fundraising effort. The NCAA also announced Wednesday that Division III athletics are suspended this fall.
The move comes as a result of the ongoing novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
MSU had its first two games of the season canceled - a September. Football teams with September 5 openers were to begin practice Friday.Cal Poly did not play any football games in 1918 due to a flu epidemic and in 1930 because of a polio epidemic.
UNC - now coached by former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey - is scheduled to play McNeese State and Colorado State in non-conference games.