Mountain West indefinitely postpones fall sports, including football

Utah State University football and other fall sports are postponed indefinitely as part of the Mountain West. (File photo: KUTV)

The Mountain West, the athletic conference home of Utah State University, announced the postponement of all scheduled fall sports.

"The MW Board of Directors prioritized the physical and mental health and well-being of the Conference’s student-athletes and overall campus communities in its decision," the conference announced on its website. The Big Ten was reportedly planning to cancel its sports season, but some high-profile coaches argued against it, including Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh while President Donald Trump urged teams to play.

The MWC was the second football bowl-eligible conference to cancel the season after the Mid-American Conference announced its own cancellation.

Utah State University in Logan, Utah, is one of the schools in the conference that also includes Boise State, Air Force, Colorado State, Nevada, Fresno State, New Mexico, UNLV, Wyoming, San Jose State and San Diego State.

"The fall sports affected by today’s decision include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball (with the exception of the unique circumstances involved with the military service academies). Last week, the league announced that all fall competition in the sports of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, softball and baseball was canceled. At this time, there are ongoing discussions regarding the status of winter sports," the conference said.

A week ago the conference announced it would play an eight-game conference football season while allowing member schools to play a pair of nonconference games each.

“Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our students, student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and overall communities,” Dr. Mary Papazian, President at San José State University and Chair of the MW Board of Directors said.

“Since the start of the pandemic, our membership and staff have been working diligently to prepare for a fall sports season,” MW Commissioner Craig Thompson said. "“We were hopeful we could carefully and responsibly conduct competition as originally scheduled with essential protocols in place. However, numerous external factors and unknowns outside our control made this difficult decision necessary."