"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.
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 number fell below the threshold on Friday after both the Pioneer Football League and Big Sky Conference announced they won't have fall competition due to concerns over the COVID-19 global pandemic. The number of schools not playing is nearing 75 out of 127 programs, factoring in a few CAA schools considering independent schedules and Big South members Hampton and Monmouth opting out of playing even if their conference has a regular season.