In the weirdest college football season of our lifetimes, UConn is sitting out but may be making a return to action. The Huskies will potentially play their first game of the 2020 season in the spring of 2021 against UMass, according to a report on Thursday by Mark Blaudschun.
Spring football in fall and regular season games next spring part of the plan for schools who shut down fb this season.https://t.co/Cdgxx2CxN0— Mark Blaudschun (@blauds) September 17, 2020
"Nothing this year makes sense. We’re an independent, we have to go out and find games. We are talking to UConn about a game, but after that I don’t know. Maybe we will just play the one game and get ready for the fall of 2021,” UMass athletic director told Blaudschun in a phone interview.
UConn was originally set to play UMass on opening day of the 2020 season on September 3, but with the cancellation of this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that fixture obviously did not occur.
One of the big benefits to having a spring game scheduled is that it allows the team to continue practicing. According to new NCAA guidelines, teams which have canceled their fall seasons can implement a 12-hour weekly practice schedule if they have scheduled at least one football game for the spring.
The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and AAC have committed to playing at lest partial fall schedules, along with the Sun Belt and Conference USA. The Pac-12, MAC and Mountain West conferences have all canceled their fall seasons, but all three have explored potential plans to bring back football in 2020. All other FBS independents outside of Notre Dame, FCS, Division II and Division III schools are planning on holding a spring season per NCAA guidance.