Colorado State is pausing all football activities after an investigation started by the president of the university into the program's handling of COVID-19 cases uncovered allegations of racism and verbal abuse toward athletes. Athletic director Joe Parker said he asked President Joyce McConnell to expand the investigation she announced Tuesday to include a comprehensive review of the athletic department and football program. ''Today, we learned of some extremely troubling allegations of racism and verbal abuse from CSU's athletic administration generally and in the football program specifically,'' Parke said.
The list of conferences that won't have a fall season due to the COVID-19 pandemic is growing, with the Big Sky and Pioneer League announcing their intentions on Friday and raising a list that includes the CAA, Ivy, MEAC, Northeast, Patriot and SWAC to eight. The Missouri Valley is allowing only nonconference games, which means the Big South, Ohio Valley, Southern and Southland are the only conferences still determining their direction. The schools and conferences that move forward with a fall season have the right to do if they continue to meet various COVID-19 protocols.
The conference that is the home of three-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State won't have a conference schedule, but will allow its 11 institutions to play up to three times out of conference. The MVFC's presidents council's decision was announced Friday night after it held two consecutive days of virtual meetings to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. If health conditions allow for it, an eight-game conference schedule would be played in the spring semester with the expectation that it would lead to FCS playoffs.