Return of the MAC
Written by Marissa Packard
Copyright: Paul Hokanson/UB Athletics
Cue Mark Morrison's’ “Return of the Mack”. After many months of no spring ball to the cancellation of their season, UB football is returning this fall. The Mid Atlantic conference voted unanimously on Sept. 28 for a return to competition. It was brought back into discussion after the Big Ten recent decision on a return to play along with the decision from the Mountain West and Pac-12. MAC officials decided to give it a go because of all the improvements within their conference that was needed to meet health guidelines. The availability of testing and the quick turnaround of results was one of the main reasons as to why the MAC rethought their original decision.
They have incorporated a new regime with four COVID tests a week. This way they can control the problem before anything gets out of hand, they're putting preventive measures together so they can return to play successfully. Just like the Bills, UB will have no fans in the stands or tailgating in the lots for their three home games of the season. At this time, football is the only MAC sport that is returning for the fall, all the other sports will have a spring season. The Bulls season kicks off on Nov. 4 against Northern Illinois. Bulls last played them in the 2018 MAC championship game in a heartbreaking loss in the fourth quarter. Their home opener is against Miami (OH), who are setting out to defend their 2019 MAC Championship title. The MAC Championship Game will take place on Dec. 18 at Ford Field in Detroit.