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Mountain West plans to hold 10-game football slate

Field Level Media
06 Aug 2020, 12:19 GMT+10

The Mountain West announced Wednesday that it plans to go with a 10-game football season, starting the week ending Sept. 26.

The league said it would go with an eight-game conference slate, leaving teams able to schedule two nonconference opponents.

The Mountain West title game be held either Dec. 5, Dec. 12 or Dec. 19, depending on events involving the coronavirus pandemic.

"We have deliberated these issues fully as a Conference since the start of the pandemic, and I want to thank the Mountain West Board of Directors, Directors of Athletics and the MW Health and Safety Advisory Committee for their collaborative efforts during this unique time," Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said in a statement. "The health and welfare of our student-athletes and campus communities continue to be paramount in our decision-making process.

"The modified fall structure as presently configured allows flexibility and time for our athletic programs to be in the best possible position to play collegiate sports this season. There is still a lot of work to be done and many important decisions to be made. Today's announcement provides a path forward as we navigate the weeks ahead."

San Diego State football coach Brady Hoke was pleased to know the projected starting date for the season.

"It is exciting to get some positive news about a football season, but the safety and health is the first thing," Hoke said in a statement. "It gives us an opportunity to make sure our protocols are in place for the safety and health of the student-athletes, the staff, the athletic trainers and everyone associated with the program.

"We will continue to be smart as coaches and players on how we proceed. ... Our guys want to play football and they know we can be a great example of how to follow procedures that are for the safety of everybody involved."

In addition to the Aztecs, the other football members of the conference are Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming.

--Field Level Media

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