FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) —The Mountain West Conference has postponed fall sports, including football, for the 2020 season according to a news release Monday.
The conference elected to put a pause on the 2020 season just days after announcing an eight-game conference season (with the option for two non-conference games) planned to begin in late September.
The Mountain West Conference is considering rescheduling its fall sports to play in the spring.
“Today, I joined all of the other presidents of the Mountain West Conference universities in voting to postpone all fall athletic competitions indefinitely, with the possibility of those sports competing in spring 2021,” wrote Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro in a statement. “I made this difficult and consequential decision after consulting with California State University Chancellor Timothy White, Director of Athletics Terry Tumey, student-athletes, my cabinet members and local public health and medical experts. Our conference decision appropriately prioritizes the health and safety of our student-athletes. I look forward to the return of Bulldog Athletics as early as spring 2021.”
“It’s been said that adversity reveals character,” wrote Fresno State head football coach Kalen DeBoer in a statement of his own. “And while these times have been challenging, I am so proud of the unity, progress and inspiring communication that has taken place, and will continue to take place, within our program.”
The Fresno State football team was originally scheduled to begin the 2020 season on Saturday, September 5th at home against Idaho State. Monday’s decision to postpone all fall sports involves not only football, but also women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country.