The Missouri Valley Football Conference Presidents Council has announced the league's schools will not conduct conference competition this fall.
The MVFC will play a full eight-game spring league schedule with the expectation to culminate the season with the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.
"Without question the most important part of our decision-making process was listening to our student-athletes and hearing their feelings," stated Jim Tressel, chair of the MVFC Presidents Council and president at Youngstown State University. "What we clearly heard was that they want to play this year for a chance to participate in the FCS Playoffs. It's great to know that they believe we are taking all the steps necessary to keep them safe in the process. All 11 MVFC teams weighed in with their positions on the options we considered, and all thoughts and concerns guided our thinking."
The Council also voted that competition in Fall 2020 be conducted at institutional discretion.
The University of South Dakota football conducted its first official practice Friday afternoon. Friday morning, ahead of the President Council’s discussion, USD officials met with the football program.
“President (Sheila) Gestring and I met with our players this morning, and they stressed to us that competing for a national championship, playing in front of family, friends and fans, and having a safe environment to do so were of utmost importance,” said USD Athletics Director David Herbster.
“This is an unprecedented decision, and we certainly appreciate the patience of our players, coaches and fans, as we work through this process,” Herbster continued. “This decision gives us options to consider for the fall, and the opportunity to prepare and plan for a spring championship season that will hopefully give as many fans as possible the ability to see the DakotaDome renovations and enjoy a Coyote football game safely.”
Initial information regarding how South Dakota State University plans to proceed with the 2020-21 football season will be announced next week.
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