Alcorn State, one of the top football programs in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, has opted out of the upcoming spring FCS season.
The FCS season was postponed from the fall to spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Braves continue to have concerns about COVID-19.
As a result, the Southwestern Athletic Conference powerhouse has canceled its season, according to FootballScoop.com.
Alcorn State has won six divisional titles and four SWAC championships under head coach Fred McNair dating back to 2014.
McNair previously discussed the program’s preparations for the spring and challenges for the coaching staff.
“We’ve been very quiet down here,” McNair said, “and we’re trying to get our guys ready for the spring and ready to battle in the spring and keep our guys healthy down here. So, we’ve got a challenge as a coaching staff to do those things and making sure our guys are doing what they’re supposed to do.”
Unfortunately, the challenges and concerns the program had were too much to overcome.
Since they are no longer participating in the spring season, Alcorn State will now turn its attention to the 2021 fall season-opener against North Carolina Central on September 5 in Atlanta, Georgia.