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College Football in Flux as Dominoes Continue to Fall

The MAC and Mountain West have postponed fall sports
Posted at 9:19 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 23:09:14-04

The state of college football is in flux following reports that the Big Ten, and possibly the Pac 12, will pull the plug on their football seasons tomorrow.

"When it's someone's life, long-term health or safety, those things have a very real weight even if that percentage is considered really, really low," said Ben Kercheval, a college football writer for CBS Sports.

The Pac 12 is scheduled to vote tomorrow. Today, the SEC held an unscheduled meeting as the news flowed.

Commissioner Greg Sankey later weighed in on twitter suggesting the conference will be patient and slow moving.

The SEC is still more than 40 days from kickoff, But a decision might not be in their hands if the other conferences don't play.

"I think every week we get closer to all of this unfolding and coming to fruition, the more painstakingly evident it is that whatever plan college football had is tenuous" Kercheval said. "Nothing it rock solid. The closer we get the more reality is that this may be tougher to pull off."

Two FBS conferences have already decided to pack it in. The Mountain West announcing Monday the postponement of fall sports. They're joining the MAC, who announced Saturday

The news strikes home for the Ragin' Cajuns. The Sun Belt, MAC and Mountain West conferences are all part of the Group of 5. Last year, Louisiana faced Ohio and Miami of Ohio out of the MAC. This season, the Cajuns were scheduled to face Wyoming out of the MWC on September 12th.

But until they're told otherwise, the Cajuns say it's business as usual.

"There's no question there's a little bit of conversation and distraction that's relative to that," Cajuns Head Coach Billy Napier said. "That's merited and we understand that. We're going to continue to do the work that we have prescribed going forward until somebody tells me different."

"We're not really worried about it," Cajuns senior running back Elijah Mitchell added. "If it happens, until that happens, we can't do anything. We're just going to continue to keep working, keep wearing our mask and stuff."

The MAC and Mountain West's decision highlights how many universities are growing more and more concerned about playing this fall. That's spurred many prominent players to posting to social media and using the hash-tag "we want to play"

"We all worked to get back to this point to play. So we all have a mindset, as we speak for the team, that we do want to play," Cajuns senior offensive lineman Ken Marks said. "No matter what is going on. But if the NCAA sees fit to it, then we have to abide by that.

That #WeWantToPlay movement is taking on its own legs as players are asking for detailed health and safety protocols, ability to opt out and retain eligibility and scholarships and a players association.

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