Ohio’s chances of playing football in 2020 have taken another blow.
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced Thursday that it was suspending all fall sports, so the Bobcats’ Sept. 5 season opener against North Carolina Central University is canceled.
Ohio Athletic Director Julie Cromer said in an address that she and NC Central AD Dr. Wicker McCree would “continue discussions following future scheduling.”
Ohio was supposed to enter the post-Nathan Rourke era at Peden Stadium against the Eagles but now the Bobcats — who are down to an 11-game schedule — are slated to start their season on the road against Boston College.
Yet that game could be in jeopardy, too.
On July 9, the Big Ten announced that it would only play conference games in 2020. Other Power 5 conferences, such as the ACC, SEC and Pac-12, are expected to follow suit.
Even if the Bobcats are able to keep its eight conference games, COVID-19 is still impacting Athens. On July 7, Ohio announced that eight athletes tested positive for the virus, and that number could continue to rise the longer athletes stay in the city — which currently sits at level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory system.