(WKBN) – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is postponing its fall sports season.
MAC officials say the decision is due to concerns about the health and safety of its players amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council of Presidents unanimously approved the action on Saturday.
According to a statement, at this time, the membership is planning on offering opportunities for student-athletes in the spring of 2021. At this time, no decisions have been made on winter sports.
Affected sports include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.
The MAC conference includes schools like Kent and Akron.
Youngstown State University was scheduled to play its first football game against Akron. YSU was supposed to get $300,000 for the game.
A spokesperson for Kent State University released the following statement:
“Kent State fully supports the Mid-American Conference’s decision to cancel fall sports.
Given the information we have today regarding the spread of the virus, and after careful consideration of the health and safety of our student-athletes and staff, we are not confident a safe environment can be created for athletic competition in accordance with our rigorous reopening standards. The risks associated with athletic competition, such as close contact with other student-athletes and travel requirements, present greater challenges to maintaining safety standards than daily campus activities.
We understand this decision is heartbreaking for our student-athletes, coaches and trainers who work tirelessly to represent Kent State with excellence, as well as our alumni and fans whose support for our Golden Flashes is unwavering. We will continue to monitor the environment and make a decision on winter sports at a later time.