With student safety being a top priority, Texas A&M-Commerce has opted out of the fall 2020 football season.
Director of Athletics Tim McMurray said in a press release their primary focus and guiding principles in making the decision to not hold a 2020 fall football season encompassed “student-athlete health and safety, risk mitigation and hope.”
“We owe tremendous gratitude to our Student-Athlete Success, Sports Medicine, and Sports Performance units who have worked together as a team this summer to ensure those three paradigms were upheld,” he said in the release. “Our student-athletes deserve our highest level of commitment.”
The program will set its focus on 2021’s regular season, which the University said will feature seven home games – the first time in the school’s history. However, the fall semester will consist of practice and strength and conditioning.
“Our campus – and higher education overall – continues to wrap our hands around the scope and impact of COVID-19,” University President Dr. Mark Rudin said. “We look forward to seeing our Lions safely begin competitions this fall and carry that momentum to the winter and spring of 2021.”