Things are just never easy, are they?
Yesterday, WVU’s newly revised 2020 schedule was released as part of the Big 12’s announcement to play fall sports. Their opener is currently set against Eastern Kentucky on September 12th, but that could all potentially come crumbling down with what may transpire today.
#FCS: Various reports have the Ohio Valley and Southland conferences announcing their fall direction today. Conference seasons seemingly would be shifted to the spring semester.
— Craig Haley (@CraigHaley) August 13, 2020
According to Craig Haley of Athlon Sports, the Ohio Valley Conference, where the Colonels compete, is speculated to be shifting their fall seasons to the spring today. This would mean that all conference play for Eastern Kentucky would take place in the spring semester.
However, the door has since been left open for the Colonels to remain on WVU’s schedule.
#FCS Tennessee Tech has added FBS games against TCU (Sept. 12) and Southern Miss (Sept. 19) in the last week. I have to believe it indicates the Ohio Valley Conference will allow nonconference games if it postpones the league schedule this fall.
— Craig Haley (@CraigHaley) August 12, 2020
Haley would also state his belief that indications point to the conference letting members play non-conference games in the fall in order to collect a solid payday. He referenced Tennessee Tech just recently scheduling TCU and Southern Miss for the fall 2020 semester, with the argument that it simply would not make sense for the school to do this if it was aware the season was being pushed into the spring.
This has already been seen with Missouri State and Oklahoma. The Bears saw their conference, the Missouri Valley Conference, postpone their fall season, yet they are still scheduled to play in Norman on September 12th.
Does this potential postponement mean that WVU will be looking for a new non-conference opponent? Not necessarily — but it remains to be seen just how this will play out.