A&T reaffirms move to Big South, but Aggies won't play football there this fall By Jeff Mills firstname.lastname@example.org 2 hrs ago
A&T athletics director Earl Hilton speaks during the announcement in February that the university will leaving the MEAC for the Big South Conference after the coming 2020-21 school year.
GREENSBORO — First things first: N.C. A&T's fall football season is still off.
Speculation about a committee meeting this morning followed immediately by a full A&T Board of Trustees meeting raised hopes on social media that the Aggies might consider playing football as an independent.
But A&T is not going to fill the vacancy in the coming Big South season created when Hampton opted out of all fall sports because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
I don't think we're going to play in the fall or spring. As Hilton alluded to there's little value in burning up a year of eligibility with no post season prize to play for. Crank up the transfer portal.
There won't be any stampede to the portal because there just aren't going to be that many options available especially for underclassmen. Before this month is out I believe most of the FCS conferences and a goodly portion of the FBS will decide later on to call it a day especially those that are primarily located in the hardest hit areas of the South, Southwest, and the West Coast.
I expect the NCAA to issue one time waivers for all athletes for those schools that opted out of competition early on due to the pandemic sometime this fall. With the exception of our half dozen or so NFL draft grade seniors, I suspect most everyone will stay put and start preparation for 2021 and a brand new athletic neighborhood named the Big South.
Last Edit: Jul 28, 2020 17:58:20 GMT -5 by Aggie One
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