Air Force Academy releases statement on Mountain West Conference decision to play football

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. --  Following the Mountain West Conference’s decision to play football (, the Air Force Academy is providing the following statement. Anything further on the decision should go to the conference, and any questions on schedules, fan attendance, etc. should go to the Athletic Department website (

“I support the Mountain West Conference’s commitment to keep medical guidance, standards and testing at the forefront of their decision to begin playing football next month,” said Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent. “Everyone should know that my number one priority, and the number one priority for this institution, is the health and safety of all cadets and these cadet-athletes.

“To the parents, the Colorado Springs community and our alumni: I am very proud of the innovative opportunities the faculty and staff have implemented to best support and protect our cadets during their academic and athletic pursuits.  I have the full confidence in the Athletic Department’s commitment to constantly refine our ability to adapt and function to best support our cadet athletes, consistent with local and national health guidance.

“We will continue to adapt and excel in this COVID-19 environment, both on the athletic field and in the classroom, to ensure we continue developing future Air Force and Space Force officers.”