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By Onnidan Staff
(Updated 7/22/20)

The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced the postponement of all scheduled fall contests along with SWAC championships.  The fall sports impacted include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The conference has started the process of formalizing plans to conduct a competitive schedule for the fall sports during the 2021 spring semester.  Specifically, in the sport of football the plan includes a seven-game conference schedule beginning with an eight-week training period in January 2021. Each member institution will play a total of six conference games (four divisional/two non-divisional) with the option to play one non-conference game.

With the decision by the (SWAC to postpone fall sports  with a proposal that games might be scheduled in the Spring, two Classic Football Games have moved from being "cancelled" to "postponed".

The Magic City Classic, pitting Alabama State University and Alabama A&M University, scheduled for October 31 in Birmingham and the Bayou Classic featuring Grambling State University and Southern University on November 20 in New Orleans, have both announced that they are looking at dates in the Spring to host the games.

Two neutral-site games — Southern University versus Tennessee State (Detroit Football Classic) in Detroit on Sept. 5 and Jackson State versus Tennessee State (Southern Heritage Classic) a week later in Memphis — have been canceled along with Southern’s home game on Sept. 12 against Florida A&M. Jackson State also was forced to cancel its Sept. 5 season opener against Langston University, because Langston and other N.A.I.A. schools have been prohibited from playing before Sept. 12.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced that the 2020 Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic has been canceled due to the ongoing novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The 2020 matchup was set to feature the Central State Marauders taking on the Howard Bison at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Due to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announcement of the cancellation of fall sports, both the Celebration Bowl and MEAC/SWAC Challenge are cancelled for the 2020 season. 

The 2020 State Fair of Texas has been canceled impacting the State Fair Classic football game between Prairie View A&M and Grambling State.   These plans may change as the health and well-being of our students, alumni, and supporters are our primary concern," explained PVAMU Interim Athletics Director Alicia Pete.   PVAM was the designated "home" team for this year's contest.

Due to the recent announcement from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) affecting fall sports, Alabama State and Tuskegee will not meet in the 2020 Labor Day Classic at ASU Stadium. Alabama State is currently working on a replacement for the Golden Tigers, in a game that was scheduled for September 5.

The Fountain City Classic between Albany State and Fort Valley State scheduled for November 7 at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in Columbus, GA has been cancelled

Out of Concern for the spread of COVID-19 among our athletes and members of other Hampton University constituent groups, all fall sports have been suspended.  If conditions permit, HU anticipates resuming all athletic related activities during the spring semester 2021.  The spring semester will consist of both winter and spring sports.

The Board of Directors for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), in conjunction with its Athletic Directors Association (ADA), has voted that NCAA sport competition sponsored by the conference will not occur during the fall of 2020 due to ongoing safety concerns associated with COVID-19.

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) has decided to extend the suspension of all sporting and championship events through the Fall of 2020.

Saint Augustine's
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Blue & White Homecoming Experience at Saint Augustine's University will be a virtual event. The Homecoming game will still occur with limited spectator capacity on Oct. field 50 ydline

Morehouse College has announced that it will not participate in intercollegiate athletic competition sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) this upcoming Fall; effectively cancelling all Fall sports.

Shaw University has canceled all in-person Homecoming activities for 2020, with the exception of the Homecoming football game against Johnson C. Smith on October 24.

Fayetteville State
FSU has canceled Homecoming and all in-person associated activities. The game will be played as scheduled on October 31, 2020 at 2pm with reduced fan capacity.

Winston-Salem State
WSSU has also canceled Homecoming. The September 5th home opener against UNC-Pembroke is also canceled due to Mountain East Conference restrictions.

North Carolina A&T
Currently, NC A&T's Homecoming football game is scheduled to take place on Oct. 31, also with reduced fan capacity. However, all in-person Homecoming activities are canceled.

North Carollina Central
Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and NCCU’s desire to ensure the health and safety of all planned attendees, all in-person events for the 2020 Ultimate Homecoming Experience have been canceled. The Homecoming football game will proceed with reduced spectator capacity.

After careful consideration, Langston University has made the decision to suspend athletics for the Fall 2020 semester due to safety concerns with the ongoing pandemic.

Wiley College’s fall semester will begin Aug. 3 and end on Nov. 20. All fall sports, homecoming and non-essential travel for faculty, students and staff is canceled.

Virginia State
In response to COVID-19 related health and safety concerns and for the well-being of our Trojan Family, Virginia State University has made the decision to cancel its 2020 in-person Homecoming activities.The week-long celebration, originally slated for Oct 19-24, 2020, traditionally brings thousands of students, alumni and visitors to campus to participate in the weeklong events. VSU Officials wanted to make this decision early enough. The sheer number of people who attend VSU homecoming makes it impossible to maintain proper protocols to ensure the safety of our Trojan Family” says VSU President, Makola Abdullah, Ph.D.


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