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NCAA outlines contingencies if COVID interferes with championship game

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The Montana State Bobcats play the North Dakota State Bison in the title game on Jan. 8 in Frisco, Texas.

The NCAA has contingencies for this Saturday’s Football Championship Subdivision, or FCS, championship game between the Montana State Bobcats and North Dakota State Bison if the teams are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game plan includes setting the minimum number of eligible players at 53 and 2 countable coaches. A team can still choose to play even if the number of eligible players falls below that. There is an option of moving the game to January 14 if one or both teams fall below the minimum before arriving in Frisco, Texas, ahead of this weekend’s game.

If one team is unable to play, the title game will be declared a no-contest and the available team will be the FCS champion. If both teams are unable to play, the game will be declared no-contest and the championship will be vacated.

This is the Bobcat’s first national championship game in 37 years.

Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.