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Mid-American Conference discusses return of fall football

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Mid-American Conference officials are expected to meet Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 to discuss the return of the fall football season. (WWMT/File){ }

The Mid-American Conference is reportedly meeting this weekend to discuss the possibility of playing fall football.

According to the the Toledo Blade, MAC athletic directors met virtually on Wednesday, shortly after the Big Ten reversed course and announced they would begin play next month.

As of Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, the MAC, PAC-12, and the Mountain West Conference were the only three conferences not expected to play during the fall season.

According to the report, MAC officials were discussing a six- or eight-game schedule that would begin Oct. 24, with no fans in attendance. The MAC championship game would still be held at Ford Field.

A number of MAC players and teams took to social media to make their case for fall football, including the Western Michigan University Broncos. Western players posted a statement that said in part, "We are asking the MAC Conference and its Presidents to use the templates the other conferences have laid out, to create the best and safest plan to allow us to play this fall."

Testing for the virus, which is extremely costly, was said to be the main roadblock for the conference. But according to the report, the league would "not necessarily mandate daily testing in order to return."

MAC Presidents were reportedly set to meet Saturday, Sept. 19 to discuss the proposal.