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COVID-19 and college football: Which conferences canceled 2020 season?

The COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States, and it continues to have an impact on all levels of college football.  

Some conferences have already been forced to cancel the 2020 season as a result. With those cancellations mounting, Sporting News looks at the divisions, conferences and programs impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  

MORE: Four things we’ll miss because of college football’s conference-only schedule

The most recent cancellations will be put on top as July and August unfold:  


On July 16, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported the Colonial Athletic Association will not have a league schedule this fall. That would impact FCS schools in Albany, Delaware, Elon, James Madison, Maine, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, Rhode Island, Richmond, Stony Brook, Villanova and William & Mary.


On July 16, HBCU Gameday reported that the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will not play football in 2020. There are nine FCS football programs in the MEAC, including Bethune-Cookman, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Howard, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T State, North Carolina Central, Morgan State and South Carolina State. The conference had nonconference games scheduled with FBS opponents.  

Patriot League  

On July 13, the Patriot League canceled fall sports, which hit the seven FCS programs in the conference. Bucknell, Colgate, Fordham, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Lehigh are the schools that were impacted. Army and Navy were given exemptions for fall sports that compete in the Patriot League. Navy and Army were not affected by this in football. The Midshipmen play in the American Athletic Conference and the Cadets are independent in the FBS. 


On July 12, The Athletic reported that the National Junior College Athletic Association will move football season to the spring of 2021. According to The Athletic, junior college will play a season that runs from March 25 to May 22. There are 65 junior college football programs in the United States impacted by the decision.  

Ivy League  

On July 10, the Ivy League canceled its fall season. That decision impacts eight programs in Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale. There has been no determination whether the conference will move to a spring season.  

Centennial Conference 

The Centennial Conference — a Division III conference with 10 football schools — suspended fall sports on July 7. Those affected schools are Dickinson, Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall, John Hopkins, Juniata, McDaniel, Moravian, Muhlenberg, Susquehanna and Ursinus. The league will look at moving those fall sports to the spring, and that could include football.   

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