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Report: Mountain West ‘optimistic’ about Oct. 24 return to football

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Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium, home of the Utah State Aggies football team, is pictured in Logan on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah State football could be closer to returning this fall.

After reporting on Sept. 16 that the Mountain West Conference was “aggressively exploring options to play an 8-game fall season,” Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported Monday that the conference is ‘optimistic’ about an Oct. 24 return to play, with a vote by school presidents possibly coming this Friday.

McMurphy also reported that all 12 conference schools plan to play after saying last week that there was a chance Hawaii, Fresno State and Air Force wouldn’t.

Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported that the conference’s athletic directors met on Monday. The athletic directors’ plan to return to play includes frequent antigen testing, per the source.

Thamel also reported the desired Oct. 24 start date, with an eight-game conference schedule. The Mountain West Conference championship game would be held on Dec. 19, according to Thamel’s report.