The Southland Conference will reportedly be moving the conference schedule to the spring as they will cancel fall sports according to Randy McIlvoy of KPRC2.
The Southland members can pursue a non-conference schedule this fall if they so choose, a move that has also been allowed by the Big South and Missouri Valley Football Conference.
The Southland Conference confirmed the news on Thursday morning in a press release.
The Southland’s decision means only two FCS conferences are still planning to play non-conference and conference schedules are the Ohio Valley Conference and Southern Conference.
An additional 60 games could be canceled or postponed by the decision. 11 non-conference games, which are still eligible to be played, are marked with an asterisk while 49 conference games will be moved to the spring.
Five Southland teams are currently planning on non-conference games while another five will not. The five programs considering playing are Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Lamar, and Stephen F. Austin. SFA has moved its September 12 game versus SMU to September 26.
The six teams who have opted not to pursue non-conference games are McNeese, Nicholls, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, and Incarnate Word.
One non-conference game that will not be played is Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane. The Lions informed Tulane they would not play the opening game schedule for Thursday, September 3.
|8/29*||Austin Peay||Central Arkansas|
|9/3||Incarnate Word||Northwestern State|
|9/5*||Houston Baptist||North Texas|
|9/12||Central Arkansas||Abilene Christian|
|9/12*||Stephen F. Austin||SMU|
|9/12*||Houston Baptist||Texas Tech|
|9/19*||Southeastern Louisiana||Jacksonville State|
|9/19||Lamar||Stephen F. Austin|
|9/19||Sam Houston State||Nicholls|
|9/19*||Houston Baptist||Louisiana Tech|
|9/19*||Central Arkansas||Arkansas State|
|9/26||Sam Houston State||Incarnate Word|
|9/26||Houston Baptist||Northwestern State|
|9/26||Abilene Christian||Stephen F. Austin|
|10/3||Incarnate Word||Abilene Christian|
|10/3||Stephen F. Austin||Sam Houston State|
|10/10||Abilene Christian||Sam Houston State|
|10/10||Northwestern State||Southeastern Louisiana|
|10/10||Stephen F. Austin||Nicholls|
|10/17||Southeastern Louisiana||Incarnate Word|
|10/17||Sam Houston State||Northwestern State|
|10/24||McNeese||Sam Houston State|
|10/24||Central Arkansas||Stephen F. Austin|
|10/24||Abilene Christian||Southeastern Louisiana|
|10/31||Stephen F. Austin||McNeese|
|10/31||Houston Baptist||Southeastern Louisiana|
|10/31||Northwestern State||Central Arkansas|
|11/7||Central Arkansas||Sam Houston State|
|11/7||Houston Baptist||Incarnate Word|
|11/7||Southeastern Louisiana||Stephen F. Austin|
|11/14||Stephen F. Austin||Incarnate Word|
|11/14||Sam Houston State||Lamar|
|11/14||Abilene Christian||Houston Baptist|
|11/14||Central Arkansas||Southeastern Louisiana|
|11/19||Northwestern State||Stephen F. Austin|
|11/21||Sam Houston State||Houston Baptist|
|11/21||Incarnate Word||Abilene Christian|
As it stands, over 650 games featuring FCS teams have now been canceled or postponed for the 2020 season.