NCAA Division I fall championships canned as dominoes continue to plunge
The NCAA has made the decision that there will be no fall championships in Division I in 2020 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
During a video conference call on Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert said that college championships cannot be held as long as 50% of conferences are not participating.
“Sadly, tragically, that’s going to be the case this fall,” Emmert said (h/t NBC Sports). “That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t and can’t turn toward winter and spring and say ‘OK, how can we create a legitimate championship for all those students.
"We cannot, at this point, have fall NCAA championships."
NCAA President Mark Emmert discusses the latest developments in fall sports and looks ahead to winter and spring championships.
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However, Emmert is confident that the NCAA will attempt to have fall sports championships in the spring.
“There are ways to do this,” Emmert said. “I’m confident we can figure this out. If schools and conferences want to move forward and . . . more than half want to do it, let’s do it.”
Since the NCAA Board of Governors is only allowed to suspend NCAA championships, the FBS postseason will still be able to go on. As of now, six of the 10 FBS leagues, are still hoping to play football starting in September.
Emmert also said that winter and spring sports will be prioritized because their seasons were already hit by COVID-19, and they’re already working on bubbles and semi-bubbles.
Nevertheless, there have been major concerns over the health and well-being of players and coaches in college athletics, so it’s not surprising the NCAA made this move. COVID-19 cases have spiked around the country late last month, and the coronavirus cases aren’t looking to go down any time soon.