Western Michigan football's opening game of the 2020 season against Stony Brook has been canceled due to the Colonial Athletic Association's cancellation of its fall sports seasons.
The Week 1 game was originally scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4 at Waldo Stadium.
“As a result of the CAA’s decision, our 2020 season opener will not be played as previously scheduled,” athletic director Kathy Beauregard said. “As the Mid-American Conference stated so well last week, we will continue with all due caution for the health and well-being of the student-athletes, coaches and others involved as well as following the guidance of the MAC’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Panel, Council of Presidents and the NCAA's Resocialization of College Sports Guidelines.”
The CAA announced last Friday it would be suspending conference competition in the fall due to COVID-19 concerns. While the conference did leave the option open for its members to explore independent football schedules in the fall, the WMU game will not be in Stony Brook's plans if it decides to pursue a schedule at all in the fall season.
Across college football, programs continue to have its non-conference schedules impacted due to COVID-19. The Big Ten and PAC-12 have already announced plans for conference-only seasons. The Mid-American Conference originally had 11 games scheduled against the Big Ten this season, which will cost MAC programs over a combined $10 million in losses without those games being played.
The CAA originally had 13 games scheduled against FBS opponents this season.
If Western Michigan cannot find a replacement Week 1, the Broncos will now open its season on Friday, Sept. 11 at Cincinnati.