MEAC suspends spring football season due to COVID-19

Morgan State football’s 2020-21 season is cancelled, athletic director says.


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The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has suspended the 2021 spring football season, effectively cancelling Morgan State’s football team’s 2020-21 season, according to a statement from the university’s athletic department.

“Morgan has decided not to compete during this spring 2021 football season,” said Edward Scott, Morgan’s athletic director. “Our focus remains dedicated to making the best decisions for Morgan Athletics based on the available information and the guidance of our medical professionals.”

The decision was made after six out of the MEAC’s nine teams decided to not compete in the spring season.

“Six of the MEAC’s nine football-playing institutions opted out of the spring 2021 season,” MEAC representatives said in a news release. “Conference policy states if 50 percent or more institutions cannot participate in any championship, the championship for that sport will be suspended.”

Currently, Delaware State, Howard and South Carolina State’s football teams still intend on playing in the spring.

Morgan was scheduled to play four regular season games in the spring. The first game was scheduled to be against Delaware State on Feb. 20 at Hughes Memorial Stadium.