COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 27, 2020) - The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Presidents' Council announced Monday that all fall sports for Colorado State University Pueblo will compete in conference-only schedules, starting Friday September 18. Fall Sport practices have been delayed until Aug. 24.
"In a meeting earlier today, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Presidents' Council voted to delay the start of Fall sports practice to August 24th and the first date of competition to September 18th. The Council also agreed to a conference-only schedule for the sports of Football, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer and Volleyball," the RMAC said in an official statement. "Further, the Council reviewed current local, state and national Covid-19 guidelines, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidance and principles, and agreed that closely aligning with these current best practices was essential to maintain a safe and healthy playing environment. Review of safety precautions and protocols will continue throughout the Fall as the RMAC and its members monitor any need for further adjustments."
With the adjusted schedule, Pack Football season will now begin Saturday Sept. 19 against Black Hills State University. The ThunderWolves will play their home opener, Saturday Sept. 26 against South Dakota Mines at 4 p.m.
"The RMAC Presidents' Council's decision to move the start of the preseason schedule to Aug. 24 with a conference only schedule is really exciting news for Pack Athletics at this time," CSU Pueblo Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Paul Plinske said. "We understand this may change, but we will take this information and press forward with planning so that our student-athletes can confidently return to campus knowing that we have their safety interests at the forefront."
"We also know the importance of our sporting events to our fans. Season ticket sales are well underway and we will continue to work with University administration and local public health officials to provide the best environment possible for all involved when September comes around," Plinske said.