The Colonial Athletic Associatino announced Wednesday a new policy relating to football games that are unable to be played due to coronavirus-related protocols during the 2021 season.
The policy states that any game that cannot be played due to circumstances related to the novel coronavirus pandemic would be considered a forfeit by the canceling team. The canceling team would receive a loss in the conference standings and the opposing team would be awarded a victory. The overall record of both teams would not change, since NCAA bylaws consider such games a “no contest.”
The new policy does provide a 24-hour window of opportunity for making up the game, but if it cannot be conducted the next day, it would be considered a forfeit. If both teams are unable to play due to COVID-related circumstances, the game would be declared a “no contest” and would not be part of the record of either team.
UAlbany opens its regular season Sept. 4 with a non-conference game at North Dakota State, with its home and CAA opener scheduled for Sept. 11 against Rhode Island.