Sept. 12, 2001
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After carefully examining each football game on a case-by-case basis and all games collectively, the Mountain West Conference will conduct a limited football schedule this weekend. Decisions regarding other MWC athletics events to be played through Saturday will be made at the discretion of the member institutions. It is anticipated a full schedule of athletic events will resume next week.
All home football games involving MWC institutions have been rescheduled, including the Colorado State at UNLV contest scheduled for Friday night (5 p.m. PT) on ESPN. While one non-conference road game (San Diego State at Ohio State) was rescheduled yesterday, plans call for the Wyoming at Kansas and BYU at Mississippi State contests to proceed as scheduled provided the visiting institutions are able to travel.
"This was a very complex situation involving questions of safety, propriety and logistics," said Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson. "With a military installation as part of our Conference and extensive travel distances involved, we had several unique circumstances to consider.
"Since President Bush has designated Friday as a national day of mourning, we did not feel it appropriate to play a football game that day. The Mountain West Conference membership, however, is supportive of returning to normal activities as soon as possible, while being sensitive to the wishes of our opponents and the uncertainly of travel arrangements."
"The safety and well-being of our student-athletes and our fans have been of the highest priority in our process and we have consulted with both our fellow conferences and the NCAA," said Thompson. "Should national developments warrant, we will revisit our scheduling plans and adjust accordingly."
Fri., Sept. 14 Colorado State at UNLV 5 p.m. PT ESPN[rescheduled for October 20, television to be determined]
Sat., Sept. 15 Wyoming at Kansas 11:30 a.m. CT Fox Sports Net
Sat., Sept. 15 San Diego State at Ohio State 12 p.m. ET ESPN[rescheduled for October 20, television to be determined]
Sat., Sept. 15 Utah at Air Force 1 p.m. MT ESPN+Plus [rescheduled for December 1, television to be determined]
Sat., Sept. 15 BYU at Mississippi State 6:30 p.m. CT SportsWest
Sat., Sept. 15 New Mexico State at New Mexico 6 p.m. MT [rescheduled for November 24]