NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Despite the uncertainty that surrounds college football, the Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks returned to the field for its first fall practice.
It’s possible there will be no fall football in Nacogdoches. The FCS playoffs were officially dropped after multiple conference canceled fall sports on Friday, dropping the eligible teams left to under the 50% requirement by the NCAA to have a fall championship.
Late Friday the university presidents of the Southland Conference met with conference leaders. According to multiple reports multiple options were on the table but nothing was decided. As of Friday the next scheduled meeting with the conference and school officials is set for Tuesday.
McNeese State and Lamar delayed the start of their fall camps. SFA Athletic leaders have remained optimistic about the fall season.
“By Monday we might not have a FCS playoff this year but the Lumberjacks are going to play,” Head Coach Colby Carthel said Friday morning. “We have an opportunity to put together a full schedule. I think we will play this fall. Our administration with Dr. Gordon has been fantastic and Ryan Ivey getting us the resources and the testing that we need to keep these kids safe. We are excited to kick the 2020 season off and look forward to playing ball this fall.”
As it stands, the Lumberjacks are set to open the year on Sept. 12 at Southern Methodist University.