Commissioners of the Power 5 conferences held a meeting yesterday, and there is an expectation from leaders across college football that there will be a decision around postponing fall sports until 2021. “In the next 72 hours college football is going to come to a complete stop,” an industry source told SI.
MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said the decision was more about the health of its student-athletes than money. Still, without big pay days from games against Power 5 opponents, the athletic departments would have struggled.
MAC Football By The Numbers:
— The average MAC school spends $8.7 million on football.
— 39 Power 5 programs were slated to pay $65 million for 49 guarantee games, including 18 against the 12 MAC programs.
— $850,000 to each MAC school from ESPN.