Report: SWAC to cancel fall sports Monday; SWAC commissioner fires back

They say there’s two sides to every story, but in this case someone has to be right. According to a report by Brett McMurphy of Stadium Network, the Southwestern Athletic Conference is planning to announce its decision to cancel fall sports on Monday.

However, SWAC Commissioner Charles McClelland is sending massive pushback on that narrative, claiming no final decision has been made.

If the report does turn out to be true, the SWAC would be the latest FCS conference to pull the plug on football and all the rest, following the lead of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

That means Jackson State, Alcorn State, and Mississippi Valley State would all go without football in 2020.

The trickle-down effect would be an open date for Southern Miss on September 19th, currently scheduled to play JSU at the Rock, typically one of the best attended games of the season.

Here’s McClelland on what he says is actually happening behind closed doors on Monday. “That report is 100 percent inaccurate and premature. We do have a meeting scheduled for Monday. It’s a meeting that’s been on the books now for a week and a half and our ongoing discussions about what we are supposed to do or what we will do with our sporting events. And we will have a decision as to whether or not we are going to delay, whether we are going to keep course or whether we’re going to move sports to the spring. So the report that a decision has been made and is imminent on Monday is 100 percent inaccurate and premature.”

Overall, ten teams in the SWAC will be affected by whatever Monday’s decision turns out to be.

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