Trojans weighing their options after SWAC suspends fall sports

Published 10:11 am Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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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.

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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.