MIAA calls off fall sports, may play in spring

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 16, 2020

Emmert reiterated the NCAA has never had oversight over the FBS, its bowl games and any postseason play for the highest level of college football. But for every other NCAA Division I sport, including volleyball, soccer and field hockey, there will be no NCAA championships played in 2020.

"We can not now, at this point, have fall NCAA championships, because there's not enough schools participating", Emmert said.

Emmert expressed optimism that fall championships could be postponed to the spring, though winter and spring championships are now the main priority since they were already canceled earlier this year.

The Mountain East has traditionally conducted its men's and women's golf conference championship in the fall, but since the sport is classified by the NCAA as a spring sport, it will have a delayed conference championship in addition to any NCAA postseason opportunities in the spring semester.

"I'm completely confident that we can figure this out", Emmert said.

Emmert addressed eligibility and said if teams are playing, student-athletes must be given a chance to opt-out because of COVID-19 and remain on scholarship. He says there are not enough schools participating because of coronavirus cancellations and season postponements. We are grateful for the bold efforts of our campus leaders as they advocated for all of our fall sports throughout this process.

Big Ten, Pac-12, and MAC have postponed their seasons until spring, but there is no current guarantee they will play then (although some teams are already drafting plans for what the spring season could look like).

"If all of our fall sports are playing in the spring, our staff would be spread too thin", he said.

Although this news does not affect the College Football Playoff, time will tell what will occur with the playoff as well.

"I mean, I feel like the Titanic", del Rio said. We are encouraged by the decision because it will enable our coaches to continue to stay connected and engaged with our student-athletes in meaningful ways.

"We need to focus on what's important - what's important right now is that we need to control this virus", he added.

UCO said it will be the first year without a fall football season since 1945. "We've been counting the numbers and the teams going out". Our tolerance is for zero risk and therefore we will not have it.

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