An FBS independent, UMass could try to play one season this spring, athletic director Ryan Bumford said.
Bamford said in a statement, “The ongoing challenges surrounding the COVID-19 epidemic pose a great deal of risk, and we came to the conclusion that trying to play the season would not keep our program members in a safe position. ”
“… these times have presented us with widespread uncertainty, and we are disappointed for all members of our fall sports programs who will not have the opportunity to compete this autumn. We remain optimistic and Fully intend to hold a competitive event for us. 2021 fall sports in the spring semester.
Tuesday’s decision to cancel the fall season follows UConn’s same move, becoming the first FBS program to close its fall football season last Wednesday. UMass and UConn were set to open the season against each other. 3.
A source said that UMass held a team meeting on Tuesday morning. The Minutemen were set to open the season at home Sept 12 against Trout.
UMass coach Walt Bell said he was “absolutely heartbroken” for his players and fans, and he Released a statement on twitter After the school decision.
“For most players and coaches in our program, this will be the first fall without football,” Bell said. “Our players have done an incredible job battling incredible unfavorable conditions since Friday, March 13. This group is resilient! Contrary to popular belief, this generation is tough! Our players have played an epidemic, fully educational environment, civic and social Battling unrest., Racism, food insecurity, parents being kept and ruthless, and even harder for young people – unknown.
“Throughout this process, our players have been incredibly invested. Our UMass football parents have been incredibly well understood and supportive. The future of UMass football is going to be special.”
Bell said that, as of Monday, out of 733 tests for COVID-19, there was only one positive test – with the results of 125 tests still to be determined on Monday.
Two FBS independents and two leagues, Mid-American and Mountain West, have decided not to play football sessions. The decisions may come later from the Big Ten, Pac-12 and other conferences on Tuesday.
UMass joined FBS as a member of the Mid-American Conference in 2012 but left the league after the 2015 season and became independent in football. Most of UMass’s teams compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference.