MAC decides to do short football season after all


Miami University and the rest of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) will resume its fall football season with a six-game conference schedule running from Nov. 4 through Dec. 18 or 19, the league announced Friday.

The MAC fall sports schedule was shut down earlier this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to resume football, came Friday with a unanimous vote by the Mid-American Conference Council of Presidents, acting on the recommendations of its medical advisory panel, according to a press release from Miami.

Schools in the conference will begin implementing special COVID-19 testing protocols Oct. 5, requiring four antigen tests per week for each player with all positive tests to be confirmed with a polymerase chain reaction test. Anyone testing positive in that test will enter a cardiac screening protocol, according to the press release.

 “I am pleased to inform our student athletes, coaches, and fans, that the Mid-American Conference will resume the fall football season,” said MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher. “Our decisions, in August and again today, have been guided by an overriding concern for the well-being of the student athletes, institutions, and the community at large.”

The availability of the tests was a key factor in the decision to restart the season, according to the league. Football, a major revenue sport, is the only MAC sport that will be restarting this fall. There will be no general public attendance or tailgating permitted at the games this fall, according to the league.