Missouri Valley Football Conference cancels 2020 fall season

The Missouri Valley Football Conference Presidents Council has announced the league’s schools will not conduct conference competition this fall.

The MVFC will play a full 8-game spring league schedule with the expectation to culminate the season with the FCS Playoffs.

“Without question the most important part of our decision-making process was listening to our student-athletes and hearing their feelings,” stated Jim Tressel, chair of the MVFC Presidents Council and President at Youngstown State University.  “What we clearly heard was that they want to play this year for a chance to participate in the FCS Playoffs. ”

“It’s great to know that they believe we are taking all the steps necessary to keep them safe in the process.  All 11 MVFC teams weighed in with their positions on the options we considered, and all thoughts and concerns guided our thinking.”

The Council also voted that competition in Fall 2020 be conducted at institutional discretion, meaning teams can still play non-conference games in the fall.

The MVFC decision comes after the NCAA canceled the FCS Playoffs for the fall season. Multiple FCS conferences have canceled the fall season including the Big Sky, Patriot League, Colonial Athletic Association and the Pioneer Football League.

Initial information regarding how South Dakota State University plans to proceed with the 2020-21 football season will be shared next week.