The New Mexico State Aggies have postponed their 2020 football season due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the school announced on Thursday.
“This decision was not made lightly,” said NMSU President John Floros. “It was particularly hard for many of us who like college sports, and want to see our Aggies play. But by putting the safety, health and well-being of our student-athletes, our coaches and our staff fist, it became an easy decision to make.”
Due to decisions by other conferences and teams, New Mexico State’s games against UCLA, Akron, New Mexico, Hawaii, Fresno State, UMass, Texas Southern, and Florida had already been canceled. Their four remaining games are now also canceled — at UAB, at UTEP, vs. Texas State, and vs. Louisiana.
With New Mexico State postponing their season, the Aggies are the 53rd Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school to announce that decision. New Mexico State joins UConn, UMass, Old Dominion, and the Big 10, Pac-12, Mid-American and Mountain West conferences.
New Mexico State’s release indicated that they will be “…exploring the ability to play in the spring of 2021.”
As difficult as this decision was for our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans who had hopes of competing and enjoying Aggie football in the fall of 2020, it is the hope of NM State athletics that we can find a safe way for all of those parties to enjoy football this spring.
New Mexico State is slated to open the 2021 season in Week Zero on Saturday, Aug. 28 at home against the UTEP Miners.