North Dakota State Bison tight end Noah Gindorff (87) and North Dakota State Bison linebacker Jaxon Brown (3) celebrate with the trophy after the game against the James Madison Dukes at Toyota Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

FCS playoffs postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

If any Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs occur for the 2020-21 season, it won't be until next year.

As Stats Perform FCS Senior Editor Craig Haley wrote, the lower half of Division I collegiate football won't have a required 50 percent of teams playing for a standard fall regular season. Campaigns and the playoffs could, however, be moved to the spring.

This came after the Big Sky Conference and Pioneer League both confirmed they won't hold football seasons this fall due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, per ESPN's Kyle Bonagura.  

In total, eight of the 13 FCS conferences won't conduct seasons this fall.

According to Haley, Big Sky commissioner Tom Wistrcill said: 

"We will now shift our attention to doing everything within our power to provide our football student-athletes and coaches with a conference schedule and a championship (playoff) opportunity in the spring. We already have begun actively engaging our fellow FCS conferences and the NCAA to join us then for what will be a unique opportunity to return to competition and compete for an FCS championship."

Fall championships for Division III and Division II were canceled on Wednesday. The Division I Council has until the end of Aug. 21 to make final decisions on remaining seasons. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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