FARMINGTON, Utah — Reacting to the NCAA’s move to delay its vote on postponing — or canceling — collegiate fall sports championships until next Tuesday, the Big Sky Conference once again punted.
The conference, which holds the fate of UC Davis football in its hands, extended its previously-announced deadline from today after a meeting of the Big Sky President’s Council on Thursday.
“The Council decided to reconvene after the NCAA Board of Governors meets again next week,” a Big Sky release said. “In the meantime, school administrators continue to monitor closely the situations near their campuses, the national landscape, and decisions by other conferences.”
Six of 13 Football Championship Subdivision leagues have either postponed or canceled fall schedules while the Big Sky previously announced it would delay the start of “it’s Olympic fall sports to … Sept. 14 and Sept. 18.”
Throughout the United States, the status of the football season remains a focal point of discussion.
SEC officials said this week they would conduct a 10-game, conference-only schedule. Meanwhile, the ACC came out with a 10-game league slate and one non-conference game. Earlier this month, the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced a conference-only schedule.
But it’s the NCAA Board of Governors which will have to make one of three choices come Tuesday:
• Cancel fall championships (including season-end playoffs).
• Postpone the events until spring (including traditional holiday-season bowl games).
• Continue in the fall with additional safety guidelines in place.
There are 13 schools in the Big Sky — including football-only members UCD and Cal Poly.
It is the NCAA that sponsors the FCS postseason, which last season included Sacramento State, Weber State, Montana and Montana State. In 2019, the Aggies were 10-3 and made the playoffs for their first time in Division I competition.
Should the NCAA decide not to play bowls or conduct championships, one conference official told The Enterprise is “doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be football played among colleges.”