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NAIA postpones football championship to Spring 2021

All other fall sports championships were moved to the spring on Tuesday, July 28.
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 12:36 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 7:30 PM EDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WYMT) - After moving all fall sports championships outside of football to Spring 2021 on Tuesday, the NAIA followed suit with football on Friday.

Earlier in the summer, the Mid-South Conference, which features UPIKE, Cumberlands and Union, released a revised schedule in hopes of playing this fall during the pandemic. With this plan, teams can play any time between September and the playoffs in the spring, meaning schools could still play football in the fall.

Here is the full release from the NAIA:

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Council of Presidents (COP) voted on Tuesday, July 31 to postpone the fall national football championship to spring 2021. This decision came after the COP voted earlier this week to postpone championships in all other fall sports until spring. This decision still allows NAIA conferences to compete in the fall and winter, if they so choose.

“The decision regarding the football championship required additional attention since the sport often operates outside of the regular conference structure,” said Dr. Arvid Johnson, COP Chair and University of St. Francis President. “The extra time allotted was to ensure that the COP representatives had adequate opportunity to gain feedback from their conference colleagues.”

The COP noted that the decision to move the football championship from the fall to spring is more inclusive for all NAIA member institutions, especially those schools that are restricted by local or state mandates from holding athletics competitions this fall.

“Moving the football championship to the spring was the right thing to do for the well-being of our student-athletes,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “The decision also provides additional flexibility for our conferences and institutions to account for regional differences and plan their regular season accordingly.”

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