Presidents’ Athletic Conference will play within conference only

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — The Presidents’ Athletic Conference has approved a conference-only scheduling format for all varsity sports during the fall season.

The PAC includes Franciscan University of Steubenville and Bethany College. One of its members, Carnegie Mellon University — which originally had been scheduled to host Bethany in football on Sept. 12 — announced Wednesday that it would not participate in intercollegiate athletics this fall.

PAC officials said all fall sports except football now have a first contest date of Sept. 7, while football will begin its nine-game league schedule on Sept. 19. The decisions were made during a pair of virtual Presidents’ Council meetings in June.

“The PAC is blessed with a heritage of strong leadership collaboration coupled with a unique geographical configuration that makes athletic competition within the NCAA guidelines possible. We’re grateful for the work in establishing conference protocols that we trust will maximize opportunities to compete for our student-athletes while minimizing the risks we face together in these challenging times,” said Calvin Troup, president of Geneva College and chair of the PAC Presidents’ Council.

The structure and format of the intra-conference schedule model will continue to be refined over the next month, and is subject to change as the situation and conditions evolve.


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