The FCS level takes another hit this week after decisions by the Southeastern Conference and Northeast Conference led to more cancellations.
The SEC will reportedly shift to a 10-game, conference only schedule, which will not only cause cancellations but may also impact the athletic departments of the schools playing SEC programs this season. An additional 12 games featuring FCS teams against SEC opposition have been canceled with those contests listed below. The SEC Presidents voted to adopt the 10-game, conference only schedule on Thursday afternoon.
|9/5||Abilene Christian||Texas A&M|
|9/12||East Tennessee State||Georgia|
|9/12||Southeast Missouri State||Mississippi|
The NEC is also reportedly canceling fall sports including football. An additional 41 games featuring NEC teams have been canceled are listed below. The Northeast Conference confirmed the postponement of fall sports on Wednesday evening.
|9/5||Long Island||Montana State|
|9/5||Wagner||Central Connecticut State|
|9/12||Sacred Heart||Long Island|
|9/19||St. Francis||Sacred Heart|
|9/26||Central Connecticut State||Toledo|
|10/3||Duquesne||Central Connecticut State|
|10/3||St. Francis||Robert Morris|
|10/17||Central Connecticut State||St. Francis|
|10/17||Robert Morris||Long Island|
|10/24||Central Connecticut State||Bryant|
|11/7||Sacred Heart||Central Connecticut State|
|11/14||Central Connecticut State||Robert Morris|
|11/14||St. Francis||Long Island|
|11/21||Long Island||Central Connecticut State|
|11/21||Robert Morris||Sacred Heart|
The two newest additions to the FCS level are also hard by the cancellations. The following four games involving Dixie State and Tarleton State are no longer happening.
|9/12||Western New Mexico||Dixie State|
|9/19||Texas-Permian Basin||Tarleton State|
|10/3||Eastern New Mexico||Tarleton State|
|11/7||Western Colorado||Dixie State|
Western Colorado is part of the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, which moved to a conference only schedule. The move also claimed the Fort Lewis–Northern Colorado contest for the upcoming season.
Western New Mexico, Texas-Permian Basin, and Eastern New Mexico all play in the Division II Lone Star Conference, which delayed the start of fall competition until September 21 at the earliest. Eastern New Mexico subsequently decided they will not have sporting events this fall.
Two other games – Texas A&M-Kingsville and Midwestern State – are also uncertain though not yet canceled. Both teams are also part of the Lone Star Conference but no decision has been made on whether they will complete the games or if the LSC will adopt a conference only schedule.
One final change was that of Idaho State and New Mexico’s game scheduled for Week Zero. Originally scheduled for Saturday, August 29, their game is now scheduled for Saturday, September 19.
Up next is the Big 12’s impending decision on how to approach the season. Spoiler: it does not look good for the FCS teams if Brett McMurphy’s report comes to fruition. A total of 431 games involving FCS teams have been canceled or postponed as of this writing.