"I honestly didn't think we'd be sitting here, five months later," Kallander said, "doing the same thing with our fall sports." The Big South became the 10th of 13 overall conferences in FCS college football to shift its focus toward playing its fall schedule during the spring semester.
While all the tumultuous weeks in college football bleed together, the fractured season appears even more dire due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine of the 13 FCS conferences in the lower half of Division I have announced they won't play a conference schedule, and only two - CAA Football and the Missouri Valley Football Conference - have left the decision to play nonconference games up to their member schools. On Saturday, the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS conference out of 10 overall to postpone its fall season.
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.