The Colonial Athletic Association, a top FCS conference with 12 teams including James Madison, Richmond and Towson, plans to announce Friday that it will be cancelling the 2020 season amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, multiple outlets reported Thursday. Teams will still be permitted to pursue crafting their own schedule outside of conference play if they wish.
Though no update has been made as to the status of other fall sports, seven of the CAA’s football teams play all non-football sports in other conferences. According to Greg Madia of the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia, JMU hopes to still play this fall if the NCAA still holds the FCS playoffs and has already begun the process of building out a schedule.
After the Ivy League became the first NCAA conference to announce it was cancelling all fall sports for this upcoming academic year, the Patriot League followed suit while both the Big Ten and Pac-12 decided to cancel all non-conference games. The CAA is set to be the next domino to fall as schools around the country decide whether to forego fall sports—and all the profits college football brings.
JMU is the reigning champion of the CAA and made an appearance in last January’s FCS National Championship game before falling to North Dakota State, 28-20. The Dukes routinely lead the CAA in attendance by a wide margin and have one of the biggest fanbases in the FCS.
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