Eight of the 13 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) conferences have now announced that they will not play conference football this fall – meaning the annual FCS finals to determine a national champion will not be held this fall.
FCS is formerly known as Division I-AA and is separate from the NCAA’s top level, the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), which uses the College Football Playoff.
The Big Sky said in a press release that it has begun exploring modified versions of a conference football pitch to be played in the spring and fully supports the NCAA moving the FCS playoffs to the spring.
“This is the right decision for our member institutions, although we realize how disappointing it will be for anyone who represents and cares about Big Sky football,” said Big Sky Commissioner Tom Wistrcill. “We will now turn our attention to doing everything in our power to provide our football student-athletes and coaches with a conference schedule and a championship opportunity in the spring. We have already begun to actively engage our fellow FCS conferences and the NCAA to go with us then for what will be a unique opportunity to return to competition and compete for an FCS championship. “
According to the NCAA Board’s guidelines, if any NCAA department chooses to postpone the fall sports championships, the decision to hold the championships at a later date must be based on the scientific information available at the time, as well as an assessment of the operational, logistical and economic impact of the procedure. .
When a championship will take place on a new date, a further assessment must be made with the same factors (scientific data available at the time and operational, logistical and financial effects), and the division will report its decisions to the board for its review.
On Wednesday, it was announced in separate press releases from the NCAA that Division II’s seven championships for the fall of 2020 were canceled, and Division III canceled the autumn sports championships for 2020-2021.