COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The RMAC bought itself some time to ensure each sport gets played by moving the fall sports season to the spring. That decision, however, leads to questions ranging from recruiting to eligibility.
The CSU Pueblo football team had its 9-game schedule erased when the season was moved to the fall. Similarly, the UCCS women's soccer team, ranked #1 in the nation last season, doesn't know if its 12-game fall slate will be reduced. For now, there's nothing to play for. All the athletes can do is wait.
"It was a setback for the players yesterday (Thursday)," said UCCS women's soccer coach JB Belzer. "They were still hopeful that we would have a fall season, regular. But we prepared them, and all along it's been: control the controllable.
I hope that we will play matches later in the spring, obviously for weather purposes. January, February, early March, can be trying in the spring time outdoors."
CSU Pueblo football coach John Wristen has his own questions about the 2021 spring slate.
"I don't see us being able to play nine or 10 games in the spring. The time frame doesn't make sense. I do think we can get some games in. We've got to figure out what the best opportunity (is), as long as we keep the safety of our kids at the foremost."
The safety of their players is paramount for both coaches. The delay in the season allows the RMAC to implement proper safety and testing measures to ensure each sport has a chance to complete a season.