One day after Adrian College president Jeffery Docking said the campus plans to be open this fall, the rest of the presidents at the other Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association institutes followed, bringing hope for a fall sports season.

The MIAA had a press release Friday stating the conference fully intends on participating in sports this fall and that all of the institutes are hopeful for an upcoming 2020 season.

“It is with great optimism that we are looking forward to the next academic year,” said Penny Allen-Cook, MIAA Commissioner. “This has been a very challenging time for winter and spring student-athletes as they saw their seasons cut short.  And our fall sports student-athletes have had to deal with the anxiety of not knowing their status for the coming year.  In making this announcement today, we hope to provide some reassurance to MIAA student-athletes and their families.”

The release goes on to state the MIAA is preparing for a number of different solutions that will allow its sports a 'safe and healthy return'.

Among the options are a normal return with a phased-in practice and competition schedule and the idea of delaying the start time for practices and competing in a shortened season.

“The MIAA will continue to develop and perfect plans as the response to the pandemic evolves," Allen-Cook said in the release. "Everyone associated with the conference is excited about the prospect of providing a safe and practical competitive environment for student-athletes this fall.”

The MIAA competes in eight different sports during the fall season that includes football, volleyball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's soccer.

Only football has released a schedule for the 2020 fall season with the Bulldogs' season set to begin on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Heidelberg.

The MIAA football schedule leads to an easy opportunity to adjust if needed as each program begins the season with three non-conference games, then has a bye week before beginning conference play.

Adrian begins MIAA play on Saturday, Oct. 3 at home against Trine.

The MIAA consists of nine institutes including: Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin University, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, St. Mary's College (Ind.) and Trine University.

St. Mary's is an all-women's college located in South Bend, Indiana while Trine is located in Angola, Indiana.