According to an article on WatchStadium.com, the Mid-American Conference (MAC) canceled the football season this fall due to “player health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19.”
League Presidents met on Thursday to decide the fate of the season and did not reach a decision. The vote was moved to this morning.
NIU president Lisa Freeman made the decision that Northern Illinois would not play this fall.
Freeman, a former research scientist, chose to keep NIU out of football because of “health and safety concerns,” the article mentioned.
According to a source that explained the vote to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, “The league didn’t like the look of NIU going out on their own and not playing.”
The Mid-American Conference has been hit hard financially due to COVID-19 and the loss of scheduled games. For example, 11 games on the MAC schedules were canceled, resulting in a loss of $10.5 million between all MAC schools.
Many FCS conferences, as well as all NCAA D-II and NCAA D-III, fall sports were canceled Wednesday by the NCAA. Numerous NAIA schools have also postponed their fall seasons as well. With a Group of Five league canceled, it will be interesting to see what Power Five leagues follow suit.