UConn has become the first FBS program to suspend its football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UConn left the American Athletic Conference last month and were expected to play as an independent in 2020. 

"After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we've decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season," UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a news release. "The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk."