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MW announces the return of football

Fresno State football is back. 

After postponing the football season to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mountain West announced Thursday evening that the conference will play a fall season. 

Mountain West teams will play an 8-game schedule starting the week of Oct. 24, and the conference championship game will take place on Dec. 19. 

The conference said the season is subject to approval from state, county and local officials, however nothing should stand in the way of Kalen DeBoer taking the field at Bulldog Stadium this fall for the first time as Fresno State’s head coach. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom previously said the state does not have any coronavirus regulations preventing college football teams from playing, and Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro said last week that the university has a plan to bring student-athletes back to campus safely. 

The Mountain West did not reveal any information about the other fall sports that were postponed, although a conference spokesperson said more information will be forthcoming Friday morning. 

DeBoer and Fresno State Athletic Director Terry Tumey are scheduled to hold a press conference Friday to discuss the upcoming season.

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Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.