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NAIA adds football to list of fall postponements

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After pushing national championships for cross country, soccer and volleyball to the spring on Tuesday, the NAIA did the same to the Football Championship Series on Friday following a vote by the NAIA Council of Presidents.

Despite the announcement, the Frontier Conference’s Council of Presidents voted later Friday to go forward with an eight-game, double round-robin football schedule including only its five Montana-based members. Its other members in the football circuit — Southern Oregon University, College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon — had previously declared their intentions to opt out of fall competition and work toward a solution in the spring.

The NAIA is giving all conferences autonomy with regard to completing their traditional fall regular seasons in the fall, winter or spring.

The Cascade Conference, of which SOU, C of I and EOU are full members, announced on July 17 that its fall seasons will be delayed until the winter and spring.

“Moving all the fall championships to spring is the most inclusive option for our members, especially those schools that are not able to participate in athletics this fall,” stated a letter signed by NAIA President Jim Carr and COP chairperson Arvid Johnson. “By moving the championships to fall, student-athletes at these schools will have the possibility of participating in a national championship.”

The letter continued: “This decision also allows the greatest autonomy to our institutions in regards to scheduling and because of that flexibility, sports will be able to extend their maximum number of contests back to the original number allowed, if they so choose.”

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