BleedRebelRed
https://www.abqjournal.com/1478233/governor-asks-unm-nmsu-to-suspend-fall-contact-sports.html

The governor of New Mexico is pushing UNM and NM State to drop football this fall.

This could put the MWC commissioner in a tight spot, since he said earlier this summer that the conference would only play if all teams were in.
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rebelraid
Time is running out so we'll probably hear or see something soon on what they decide to do. The direction seems to be gravitating more toward canceling portions of, or all of the season rather than forging ahead. Time is beginning to work against the decision to play. 
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BleedRebelRed
The New Mexico situation also may influence UNLV rescheduling a game on Aug 29th.... which is why if TCU does schedule the open Sept 12th date seems a lot more likely.

The NFL has moved to not have any teams take the field for competition before Sept 10th (no preseason games).

There were originally 7 college games scheduled for the week of Aug 29th.   Four of them have already been cancelled.  New Mexico is scheduled in one of the three still on, so if they cancel, that will leave only two games.  The Marshall/East Carolina game could move back to Sept 5th (the date it was originally scheduled for before being moved up a week - something to do with the 50th anniversary of the Marshall team plane crash)... which would leave only one game left in "week 0", UC Davis at UNR.

So would UNLV push to add a week 0 game back, making the state of Nevada host two games that week when no other state is starting ball?
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rebelraid
For me it boils down to if it’s unsafe to play games at the end of August I’m not sure how they’ll be able to justify playing early to mid September. The virus isn’t going away. I think they’ll either postpone everything, otherwise cancel outright. That seems like the only two realistic options at this close to the season. 
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BleedRebelRed
rebelraid wrote:
For me it boils down to if it’s unsafe to play games at the end of August I’m not sure how they’ll be able to justify playing early to mid September. The virus isn’t going away. I think they’ll either postpone everything, otherwise cancel outright. That seems like the only two realistic options at this close to the season. 


The landscape is not going to change between week 0 and Sept 12th, but the media focus is.  That is why nobody wants to be the test case.  Being first means your pre-game and results the weeks after are going to be closely scrutinized.

In mid June when a few schools started testing returning athletes the ADs took a lot of heat when there were four or five positives.  A few weeks later the stories were buried and had actual headlines like "NC State has tested 315 student-athletes, coaches & staff for COVID since May 29 & have had only 5 positive tests".   So really, the same numbers, but if you're first you are setting a precedent and get all the criticism.  After that it is commonplace and the media has lost interest.
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UNLVFBFan


The landscape is not going to change between week 0 and Sept 12th, but the media focus is.  That is why nobody wants to be the test case.  Being first means your pre-game and results the weeks after are going to be closely scrutinized.

In mid June when a few schools started testing returning athletes the ADs took a lot of heat when there were four or five positives.  A few weeks later the stories were buried and had actual headlines like "NC State has tested 315 student-athletes, coaches & staff for COVID since May 29 & have had only 5 positive tests".   So really, the same numbers, but if you're first you are setting a precedent and get all the criticism.  After that it is commonplace and the media has lost interest.


 Well said, I agree. Time will tell.
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rebelraid
Yesterday in Nevada there was a new single day record of 30 COVID deaths in our state alone. The situation will likely deteriorate further before it improves. Most ADs and commissioners recognize the ongoing/growing public health crisis but still have a business (athletic department) to run and the pressure is on them. Revenue is needed and it creates a desperate incentive. Right now they're planning contingencies in attempt to salvage any semblance of a season, unfortunately football season is practically here and time is running out. I think ultimately we'll see a cancellation of the 2020 season.   
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mjwREBEL
UNM is coming off a tumultuous time in their athletic department regarding budgets and how boosters were contributing/spending. They cut multiple sports last year before the Covid situation to help balance the books. 

If they do not play and were potentially forced to forfeit TV revenue (as small as MW contracts are) that could be a death nail to a program already struggling.  
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BleedRebelRed
The New Mexico situation also may influence UNLV rescheduling a game on Aug 29th.... which is why if TCU does schedule the open Sept 12th date seems a lot more likely.

The NFL has moved to not have any teams take the field for competition before Sept 10th (no preseason games).

There were originally 7 college games scheduled for the week of Aug 29th.   Four of them have already been cancelled.  New Mexico is scheduled in one of the three still on, so if they cancel, that will leave only two games.  The Marshall/East Carolina game could move back to Sept 5th (the date it was originally scheduled for before being moved up a week - something to do with the 50th anniversary of the Marshall team plane crash)... which would leave only one game left in "week 0", UC Davis at UNR.

So would UNLV push to add a week 0 game back, making the state of Nevada host two games that week when no other state is starting ball?


2020 Idaho State-New Mexico game moved from Week Zero to Sept. 19
https://fbschedules.com/2020-idaho-state-new-mexico-game-moved-from-week-zero-to-sept-19/

New Mexico was scheduled to play New Mexico St on Sept 19th, but "the schools are in discussions to move that contest up to Week Zero".  Odd that UNM would schedule a game on Sept 19th before it was determined what would be done about the game they already had scheduled for that day.  The NMSU/UCLA week 0 game was canceled.

What does this accomplish, if UNM does reschedule NMSU to Week 0?
  • It gets the Idaho St AD out of the "week 0" fish bowl scrutiny
  • It lets the UNM AD claim "abundance of caution" for week 0 by switching to an in-state opponent.
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