Sources: MWC Set To Vote This Week On Fall Football Return
Mountain West Conference officials are "optimistic the league will vote this week for its football programs to return to the field," according to sources cited by Pete Thamel of YAHOO SPORTS. Sources said that the final plan "still needs to be approved" by MWC presidents, who have a "scheduled meeting for Friday but could end up voting earlier." Thamel noted the league is "aiming to return to play on Oct. 24 and execute an eight-game league schedule." The MWC's "last imposing hurdle to return to play was a COVID-19 testing plan." The plan presented on a call last night between ADs and conference officials "didn’t incorporate daily rapid testing like the Big Ten, but it did involve frequent antigen testing that would offer timely and effective ways to make sure the virus doesn’t spread within the league’s programs." It is "unknown when the league presidents could end up voting." If they were able to vote prior to Friday, it "would allow a few precious days for programs to ramp up and essentially give them one month until kickoff." Sources said that schools are in "varied levels of preparedness" for a fall season (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/21).
ALL IN: In San Diego, Kirk Kenney notes all 12 of the MWC's teams "will reportedly participate," which is significant because "just a week ago, there were questions among more than half the schools about taking the field amid coronavirus concerns." Still, returning on Oct. 24 "could be ambitious given it is just more than five weeks away and an official decision still has not been made" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/22).