The Mountain West has announced the indefinite postponement of all
scheduled fall sports contests and MW championship events in response to ongoing challenges with the effective mitigation and management of the
COVID-19 virus in conjunction with athletic competition. The MW Board of
Directors prioritized the physical and mental health and well-being of the Conference’s student-athletes and overall campus communities
in its decision – as it has done throughout the course of the pandemic.
The fall sports affected by today’s decision include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball (with the exception of the unique circumstances involved with the military service academies). Last week, the league announced that all fall competition in the sports of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s
swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, softball and baseball was canceled. At this time, there are ongoing discussions regarding the status of winter sports.
The Mountain West will begin to explore the feasibility of rescheduling fall sports competition, including the possibility of those sports competing in
the spring, and develop options for consideration. Athletically-related activities and training opportunities for enrolled student-athletes will also be evaluated consistent with NCAA legislation and
guidance, as well as state, local and campus parameters.
“Since the start of the pandemic, our membership and staff have been working diligently to prepare for a fall sports season,” said MW Commissioner
Craig Thompson. “We were hopeful we could carefully and responsibly conduct competition as originally scheduled with essential protocols in place.
However, numerous external factors and unknowns outside our control
made this difficult decision necessary. I fully understand the impact of this outcome on our student- athletes, coaches, administrators and staff who
work so hard daily to play the sports we all love, and I share in their
disappointment. We will continue to navigate this pandemic together,
overcome the obstacles and return to intercollegiate athletics at the earliest opportunity.”
Air Force Director of Athletics Nathan Pine
“The health and safety of our cadet-athletes, coaches, staff and community has been and will continue to be our top priority at the Academy, and was reflected in the Mountain West’s difficult decision to postpone fall sports. My heart aches for our cadet-athletes, coaches and everyone who supports our programs but the announcement today is the appropriate course of action at this time. Air Force will continue to work closely with the NCAA and Mountain West on next steps because the physical mission is fundamental to our 47-month cadet development experience and competitive athletics and physical fitness are key components of developing leaders of character for our Air and Space Forces, even in the COVID-19 environment. I’m pleased that Air Force will have the opportunity to continue to explore competitions against Army & Navy if conditions allow as we have similar physical missions across the Service Academies.”