The first FBS conference has canceled its fall football season.
According to Brett McMurphy from Stadium, the Mid-American Conference has decided to not play football this fall due to players’ health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19.
The change impacts both the Pitt and Robert Morris football programs because Pitt was scheduled to open their season on September 12 hosting Miami (Ohio), while Robert Morris was scheduled to visit Bowling Green.
The MAC has taken a huge financial hit with the Power 5 teams largely only playing conference games and dropping MAC schools from their schedules. The MAC teams were to play 11 games against Big 10 programs this year and with them being dropped, McMurphy reported those schools will be losing $10.5 million.
After having a conference meeting on Thursday, the schools presidents met again Saturday morning and reached this decision. Reportedly, the hope now is to try and play their football season this spring.
It’s obviously too soon to know if and with whom Pitt and Robert Morris will try and replace these two lost games.