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Trojans weighing their options after SWAC suspends fall sports

The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced their decision to suspend all fall sports until the spring on Monday afternoon.

Troy’s opening week opponent Arkansas-Pine Bluff also is a SWAC member. Monday’s suspension has forced the Trojans to weigh their options for their season opener scheduled for Labor Day Weekend. The 10-team league features two Alabama teams in Alabama A&M and Alabama State.

“We are aware of the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s decision to cancel their fall sports season; however, we are working on several different options for our student-athletes and fans. The SWAC’s decision impacts several of our athletic programs including our football home opener scheduled against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. At this point in time, we have every intention of playing a full 12-game football season, which includes six home games at The Vet this fall.

The SWAC joins the Ivy League and other conferences to make the move. The league announced the decision on Monday following a meeting.

Fall sports impacted include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

The league announced that football will resume activities in the spring with an eight-week training period in January. They would then have a seven-week season that would include six conference games with the option to play a non-conference opponent.

The Trojans along with Arkansas-Pine Bluff play a total of four non-conference games in 2020. The Trojans will also play North Carolina State, UMASS and Tennessee.  The Big-10 PAC-12 have already decided to play conference only games in 2020. The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conferences are still deciding on what to do with their seasons this fall.