CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) – Fall college football won't happen inside the UNI-Dome this year.
The Missouri Valley Conference voted on Friday to postpone conference play until spring. Teams will play a full 8-game MVC schedule under the plan, although no start dates have been announced.
Non-conference play, however, has been left to the discretion of each institution. UNI, however, released a statement Friday night saying the program is focused on the spring and will not schedule any fall non-conference games even though they would be allowed under the plan.
All three of the scheduled non-conference games had already been previously impacted. Iowa was forced to cancel their game with the Panthers after the Big Ten scrubbed non-conference play. The Panthers other opponents, Idaho State and Weber State, play in the Big Sky Conference, which postponed until spring earlier on Friday.
“Without question the most important part of our decision-making process was listening to our student-athletes and hearing their feelings,” stated Jim Tressel, chair of the MVFC Presidents Council and President at Youngstown State University. “What we clearly heard was that they want to play this year for a chance to participate in the FCS Playoffs. It's great to know that they believe we are taking all the steps necessary to keep them safe in the process. All 11 MVFC teams weighed in with their positions on the options we considered, and all thoughts and concerns guided our thinking.”