SWAC Postpones Fall Sports

After a report on Friday by Brett McMurphy that the SWAC would cancel fall sports and subsequent clarification from SWAC Commissioner Charles McClelland, the SWAC presidents voted to postpone fall sports to the spring.

The SWAC voted to play a 7 game football schedule spring 2021 with an 8 week training period beginning in January. 6 of those 7 games will be conference matchups and the seventh game is an optional non-conference contest. Each SWAC team will face four divisional opponents and two teams from the other division.

The SWAC becomes the fifth FCS conference to pass on a fall football season after the Ivy League, the Patriot League, MEAC, and Colonial Athletic Association. Last week, the MEAC’s cancellation of fall sports also led to the cancellation of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge and the Celebration Bowl between the MEAC and SWAC Champions.

The SWAC had been affected by a few previous cancellations from other conferences as well as the NAIA’s delayed start. A total of 63 additional games featuring SWAC teams were canceled or postponed by Monday’s vote. All 63 games, including the SWAC Championship, are listed below as they will no longer be played this fall.

DateRoad TeamHome Team
9/5Texas SouthernPrairie View A&M
9/5Alcorn StateAuburn
9/5Arkansas-Pine BluffTroy
9/5Mississippi Valley StateNicholls
9/5Stephen F. AustinAlabama A&M
9/12Mississippi Valley StateSam Houston State
9/12Alabama A&MUAB
9/12Alabama StateTexas Tech
9/12Arkansas-Pine BluffMiami (OH)
9/12Grambling StateSouth Alabama
9/12Prairie View A&MTCU
9/19Houston BaptistTexas Southern
9/19Alabama StateKennesaw State
9/19Alcorn StateMississippi Valley State
9/19Grambling StateTexas-San Antonio
9/19Jackson StateSouthern Miss
9/19Prairie View A&MLouisiana Tech
9/19SouthernAlabama A&M
9/26Prairie View A&MGrambling State
9/26Alabama A&MTexas Southern
9/26Jackson StateSouthern
9/26Arkansas-Pine BluffAlcorn State
9/26Mississippi Valley StateAlabama State
10/3Texas SouthernJackson State
10/3Northwestern StatePrairie View A&M
10/3Alabama StateArkansas-Pine Bluff
10/3Alcorn StateAlabama A&M
10/3Mississippi Valley StateGrambling State
10/10UT-Permian BasinTexas Southern
10/10Prairie View A&MJackson State
10/10Alabama A&MMississippi Valley State
10/10Grambling StateAlcorn State
10/10SouthernAlabama State
10/17Alabama A&MPrairie View A&M
10/17Jackson stateArkansas-Pine Bluff
10/17Alabama StateGrambling State
10/17Texas SouthernSouthern
10/17Virginia-LynchburgMississippi Valley State
10/24Alcorn StateSouthern
10/24Arkansas-Pine BluffMississippi Valley State
10/31Mississippi Valley StateJackson State
10/31Grambling stateTexas Southern
10/31Alabama StateAlabama A&M
10/31Florida MemorialSouthern
10/31Prairie View A&MArkansas-Pine Bluff
10/31Virginia-LynchburgAlcorn State
11/7Alabama A&MJackson State
11/7Mississippi Valley StateTexas Southern
11/7SouthernPrairie View A&M
11/7Alabama StateAlcorn State
11/7Arkansas-Pine BluffGrambling State
11/14Arkansas-Pine BluffSouthern
11/14Grambling StateAlabama A&M
11/14Alcorn StatePrairie View A&M
11/14Jackson StateAlabama State
11/14Texas SouthernNew Mexico State
11/21Alabama A&MMississippi State
11/21Jackson StateAlcorn State
11/21Prairie View A&MMississippi Valley State
11/21Texas SouthernArkansas-Pine Bluff
11/26Texas SouthernAlabama State
11/28Grambling StateSouthern
12/5SWAC East ChampionSWAC West Champion
Photo courtesy of Alcorn State University Athletics.

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