BANGOR – The University of Maine and the Colonial Athletic Association announced that the Black Bears football team, and the conference, will not play this fall.
To get a better perspective on the implications of a spring FCS football season, we spoke with Hero Sports senior FCS analyst Sam Herder.
Herder says the CAA made the right decision to allow its member schools like James Madison, Elon, and Villanova to schedule an independent season this fall if the NCAA sponsors playoffs and a championship in the upcoming semester.
The decision on sponsoring a championship in the fall will come down to the number of teams that would commit to playing this fall, according to Herder.
“It’s really hard to get definitive answers out of anyone and I do think that a lot of these don’t know what’s going to happen, and the window of when things are going to be decided is getting smaller and smaller and there are still a lot of unknowns between now and a couple weeks from now.”
The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its decision not to play this fall on Monday evening, major FCS conferences like the Missouri Valley Conference and the Big Sky have yet to make a decision.
The NCAA has also not made its decision on holding a championship this fall. Herder says the governing body will wait to determine the fate of fall championships.
“I think at some point, my guess is August 1 or sometime around there, the NCAA is going to come in and decide what to do with the fall championships for football, for volleyball, for cross country, the other fall sports.”