Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, Old Dominion University announced the cancellation of Fall Sports are calling travel and competition “too great a risk” to student-athletes. This announcement has led Western Kentucky’s to find a replacement for their eight conference game.
Initially meant to host the ODU on October 31 for the ‘Tops annual Homecoming game, this the statement further disrupts the WKU football schedule after multiple opponents announce postponing the season.
— ODU Athletics (@ODUSports) August 10, 2020
With 14 members of the Conference USA delaying the start of the season, WKU sports enthusiasts will have to wait for C-USA to decide whether the games will be played on the Hill this semester.
Although earlier in the week the league’s board of directors met up with medical experts, no consensus was reached. Brett Murphy, a college football insider, in a tweet revealed that the athletic directors are “holding firm to playing in the fall” despite multiple members calling off the fall season.
Conference USA schools still planning to play football this fall, even w/league member ODU canceling fall season, sources told @Stadium. C-USA ADs met today & are “holding firm on playing in fall,” source said
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 10, 2020
They later released a statement that said that instead, the league’s focus would be on myocarditis, mental health and enhanced testing protocols.
The Conference USA joins the SEC, ACC, Big 12, AAC, and Sun Belt as the six FBS meetings despite everything to play football this Fall.
The latest statement from our C-USA Board of Directors: pic.twitter.com/MX50Pv3yUj
— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) August 13, 2020
Among the many to delay the fall season until September 26 were Rice University, Pac-12 and The University of Connecticut. Although initially Big 12 decided to postpone the season, instead, they adopted a 10-game schedule that will commence with September 26 being the start of conference play.
We adapt. We show caution. We get better.
Come inside the Diddle Arena Weight Room with Strength Coach Duane Hall for a look at how the Hilltoppers are preparing as strategically and safely as possible.#TopsTogether pic.twitter.com/yWl6Kgl2cw
— WKU Hilltopper Basketball (@WKUBasketball) August 14, 2020
Western Kentucky is left with one less football game in 2020 now that Indiana will be playing only other Big Ten teams. Despite all, the Hilltoppers are partaking in voluntary workouts since coming back to the campus as part of the COVID-19 athletic restart plan.
Official practices would be closed with just players, coaches and basic staff permitted inside Houchens-smith Stadium and the football office for the foreseeable future.