The fall sports impacted include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The conference has started the process of formalizing plans to conduct a competitive schedule for the fall sports during the 2021 spring semester.
Specifically, in the sport of football the plan includes a seven-game conference schedule beginning with an eight-week training period in January 2021. Each member institution will play a total of six conference games (four divisional/two non-divisional) with the option to play one non-conference game.
Gentlemen you can flip it anyway you like it ; there will be no football played until the fall of 2021 if we are lucky. We may get lucky and be able to have a spring sports season . Why do you want to F that up by playing Football. Stop with this madness and just except the fact . Why would you want to risk injury to your star players that could possibly have a future in the show for just a few meaningless games .
The SWAC Commissioner gets it. I've always been very impressed with him.
SWAC specifies plans for spring football season as part of fall sports postponement espn.com
The Southwestern Athletic Conference has postponed fall sports competition and championships because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it has begun plans to push the fall schedule to the 2021 spring semester, according to a statement provided to ESPN on Monday.
The plans for football include a seven-game conference schedule that begins with an eight-week training period in January, 2021. SWAC commissioner Charles McClelland said games would begin near the end of February or the beginning of March. Each school will play six conference games (four divisional/two non-divisional) with the option to play one nonconference game.
While several other conferences also have postponed fall sports, including the Ivy League, Patriot League, MEAC, A-10 and CAA, none have announced plans for the spring as specific as the SWAC, which has led all FCS conferences in attendance for 42 of the past 43 seasons. Jackson State led the FCS in attendance with more than 30,000 per game.
"We wanted our fans to have something to look forward to," McClelland said. "We wanted our student-athletes to have something to look forward to, and we feel like this is a sustainable plan that will allow us to be able to get it done, and get it done from a realistic standpoint."
Still, McClelland said all conference decisions will continue to be guided by the status of the pandemic -- which means spring games still might not happen.
The geographic footprint of the SWAC, located in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, has seen a continued increase of COVID-19 cases in many of those states. That played a significant role in the SWAC council of presidents and chancellors' decision to move the fall schedule to the spring. The decision also was made because of data that suggests African American communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
"If there is no vaccine, if the numbers are still high, there won't be a spring," McClelland said. "We're not going to force playing. All of this is predicated on the fact the pandemic by March is under control."
Details about the Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Championship game will be released at a later date, along with scheduling details for women's soccer, women's volleyball, and men's and women's cross country. According to the SWAC, the student-athletes still can participate in conditioning, strength training and practices in all sports -- provided all local, state and federal health and safety guidelines are met.
The SWAC and MEAC typically participate in the Celebration Bowl, which honors the legacy and traditions of historically Black colleges and universities, instead of the FCS championship. Last week, the MEAC announced it postponed fall sports.
"We'll be reaching out to the MEAC and the constituents with the Celebration Bowl to see if we can't get something reenergized," McClelland said. "We would love to play the Celebration Bowl and we'll work with our partners to see if that can become a reality."
There have been no decisions made regarding schedules for the league's winter sports.
Last Edit: Jul 21, 2020 7:09:26 GMT -5 by bluehaze
I'll be honest, I like the plan. Anybody can get hurt at anytime so...
Say that to a kid on some teams War room board .
Those kids won't play. That already happens at most Bowl Games outside of the National Championship Playoffs. We've only got one player that fits that criteria, on the team. This plan gives the other 99% something to play for.
It's a good plan especially if a vaccine is rolled out by end of year as some media outlets are starting to project. MEAC leadership is asleep at the wheel again as we may watch some of the conferences best upperclassmen transfer out to schools who have stated intentions to play in the fall or spring.
Dude, I can’t believe the SWAC which has less money and located in rural America has a better commissioner than the MEAC. This is a hard pill to swallow. I’m sure there is an alum of the MEAC institutions that more qualified for the job than Thomas.