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MAC scrubs 2020 fall football; Ball State Cardinals among teams sidelined

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Mid-American Conference will not play football in the fall, according to numerous sources who said the decision came Saturday morning.

Still to be determined: Whether the conference will play football at all in the 2020-21 school year.

ESPN, Sports Illustrated and other outlets said member universities decided not to move forward with the traditional fall season -- one that has been wracked by concerns about the possible spread of COVID-19 among players, staff and fans.

Many of the top conferences have canceled all or most of their members' games with non-conference opponents, which would have had a significant impact on the 12-school MAC.

According to The Stadium, the MAC was among the leagues most significantly impacted by the Power Five’s decision to eliminate or reduce non-conference games

Northern Illinois University had already indicated it would not play football this fall, sources said.

Other university presidents came to an agreement in the Saturday teleconference.

The MAC includes Ball State University in Indiana and six Ohio universities among its members.

Ball State was hoping to build on a 2019 season in which the team went 5-7 with a 4-4 in-conference record.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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