SWAC specifies plans for spring football season as part of fall sports postponement – tech2.org

SWAC specifies plans for spring football season as part of fall sports postponement

The Southwest Athletic Conference has postponed the fall sports competition and championship due to the coronovirus epidemic, and according to a statement provided to ESPN on Monday, plans to push this fall into the 2021 spring semester.

Football plans include a seven-game conference schedule, which begins in January 2021 with an eight-week training period. SWAC Commissioner Charles McClelland said the games would begin in late February or early March. Each school will play six conference games (four divisional / two non-divisional) with the option of playing a non-conference game.

Although Fall Sports has also been postponed to several other conferences, including the Ivy League, Patriot League, MEAC, A-10 and CAA, no one has announced plans for the spring as SWAC Typical, which has led all FCS conferences in attendance for 42 the past 43 seasons. Jackson State led FCS with over 30,000 appearances per game.

“We wanted our fans to need something to come forward,” McClelland said. “We wanted our student-athletes to need something to move forward, and we feel like this is a sustainable plan that will allow us to be able to complete it and complete it from a realistic point of view.”

Still, McClelland said all conference decisions would continue to be guided by the state of the epidemic – meaning that the spring game still might not happen.

SWAC’s geographic footprint located in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas has seen a steady increase of COVID-19 cases in many of those states. This played an important role in the decision of the Presidents and Vice Chancellors of the SWAC Council and to take the fall program to spring. The decision was also made due to data suggesting that African American communities have been absolutely affected by COVID-19.

“If there is no vaccine, if the number is still high, there will be no spring,” McClelland said. “We are not going to force play. All this is anticipated on the fact that the epidemic is under control by March.”

Details about the Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Championship game will be released at a later date, with scheduling details for women’s football, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country. According to SWAC, student-athletes can still participate in conditioning, strength training and practices in all sports – provided all local, state and federal health and safety guidelines are met.

SWAC and MEAC typically participate in the Celebration Bowl, which honors the heritage and traditions of historically black colleges and universities rather than the FCS Championship. Last week, the MEAC announced that it would postpone the falling game.

“We’re reaching for the MEAC and components with the Celebration Bowl if we can’t reclaim something,” McClelland said. “We would love to play the Celebration Bowl and we will work together with our partners to see if it can become a reality.”

No decision has been made about the schedule for the league’s winter games.