After meeting with the SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors, the Southwestern Athletic Conference has postponed fall sports . This is due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
With this announcement, the SWAC becomes the final HBCU conference to decline participation in fall sports. The MEAC, CIAA, and SIAC all canceled fall sports earlier in the month. Hampton who left the MEAC to join the Big South cancelled their fall sports, om July 13th. At the time of this writing,Tennessee State is the only HBCU that has not canceled fall sports. Currently, the Tigers plan to play an eight-game conference football schedule.
Despite postponing fall sports, the SWAC hopes to play football in the coming spring. They are the first conference in the nation to announce a plan for a potential spring football season if the pandemic allows it. In their statement, the conference outlined tentative plans for a football season during the spring of 2021. After an eight week off-season training period beginning in January 2021, SWAC schools will play six conference games, with the option to play one non-conference contest. Plans regarding other fall sports and schedules for winter sports will be announced at a later date.
In regards to their plan for spring football, SWAC commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland said “We wanted our fans to have something to look forward to. We wanted our student-athletes to have something to look forward to, and we feel like this is a sustainable plan that will allow us to be able to get it done”.