The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges (MACC), a group composed of the state's 15 community college presidents, has announced that the 2020 football season will begin Oct. 1.
The MACC's presidents voted Friday to implement a six-game, division-only schedule. The season will conclude with a playoff.
An official statement from the MACC read as follows.
“The Mississippi Association of Community College (MACC) met today, July 24, 2020, and voted to delay the start of the 2020 fall season to October 1. The 2020 football season will consist of a six-game regular season with a divisional play only and will conclude with a playoff. The MACC will continue to evaluate COVID-19 and its impact on our student athletes.”
The move comes on the heels of the NJCAA previously announcing its decision to play the majority of its fall sports in the spring.
Originally, the MACC voted to move the start of the season from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10 and reduce the regular season from nine games to eight. The NJCAA then voted to move all fall competition to the spring of 2021. The MACC abstained from the vote to make its own decision on its football season.
Men's and women's soccer will still be postponed until 2021, along with the start of the men and women's basketball seasons.
Spring sports, such as softball and baseball, will remain intact with adjusted dates.
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