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'Everything is unique this year': Mountain West Board of Directors shares return-to-play plan

The announcement came six weeks after the Mountain West Conference postponed the football season indefinitely.
Credit: Steve Conner/AP Photo
Boise State quarterback Jaylon Henderson celebrates with teammates and fans after the Mountain West Championship game against Hawaii in a NCAA game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Boise, Idaho. Henderson was the offensive MVP in Boise State’s 31-10 victory.

BOISE, Idaho — To watch the Mountain West Board of Directors press conference, scroll to the bottom.

The Mountain West Board of Directors has approved a plan that will allow players and games to resume the week of Oct. 24.

After announcing that the season would be canceled nearly six weeks ago due to COVID-19, the conference ruled Thursday night that they would kick off the season.

The Mountain West will kick off the 2020 football season the week of Oct. 24. Teams will play an eight-game conference-only schedule that will conclude with the conference championship game on Dec. 19.

The games will be played over a period of eight weeks. Should a situation arise where a team reports a surplus of positive cases, it is unlikely that the game will be postponed, according to Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson.

Game schedules will be released in the near future. Army, Navy and Air Force will be out of conference, but Thompson did say there is potential for a Boise State versus Brigham-Young University game. 

Should that game occur, the number of mountain west games played by Boise State would decrease to seven.

"If Boise State plays BYU, they would play seven Mountain West games," Thompson said. "Everything is unique this year and so we're adjusting on the fly. That could very well be the case that Air Force and Boise State play seven games and the others conference, and the others play eight Mountain West games."

MW Board of Directors/San Jose State University president Dr. Mary Papazian, ; Chair of MW football coaches/CFP Selection Committee Member/University of Wyoming Director of Athletics Tom Burman and University of Nevada Dr. Tony A. Islas were in attendance during the conference.

To watch the full press conference, click here: