The NCAA has canceled events in the fall championship on Thursday, which does not affect major football colleges because there are not enough schools to compete in sports such as men’s and women’s football and women’s volleyball in the first semester.
NCAA President Mark Emmert made the announcement in a video posted on Twitter, but it is clear that this is coming as the conferences canceled the autumn sports seasons due to the coronvirus pandemic.
“This does not mean that we should not and cannot turn to winter and spring and say, ̵
Emmert also said NCAA staff have begun work on emergencies for NCAA basketball tournaments, possibly moving dates and looking for balloons in which teams can compete.
He said the NCAA would prioritize winter and spring championships because those – including the lucrative men’s basketball tournament – were canceled when COVID-19 first popped up in the United States in March.
The relocation of autumn sports to spring has yet to pass through the Board of Department I, which consists of representatives from all 32 conferences and is approved by the Board of Directors of DI.
Championship competitions in all sports can be modified ahead to cope with COVID-19, Emmert said. This is likely to involve fewer teams participating in fewer and predefined sites.
The spring calendar now includes more sports than the fall, so accumulating even more, including FCS football, will create logistical challenges.
“Will it be normal?” Of course not. We will play autumn sports in the spring, “he said. “Will it create other conflicts and challenges?” Of course. But is it feasible? Yes. “
Last week, the NCAA Board of Directors said that championship events in a sport will be canceled if less than 50% of the teams competing in that sport play a regular season.
Divisions II and III almost immediately followed the cancellation of their championship falls. Section I – which consists of 357 schools – took place, but as conference after conference canceled their autumn seasons, the time came.
Falling sports also include field hockey, cross country and water polo. Conference schools that have not yet canceled their fall seasons could try to host regular season competitions over the next few months.
It does not affect the highest level of football in Division I, the Cup division. The Football Playoff College is run by conferences and six of these leagues are still focused on the season, including the Southeast Conference, the Atlantic Conference and the Big 12.
Beyond these six conferences, the rest of Section I is largely closed. Whether they can withdraw from football or other sports during the pandemic remains to be seen.
Earlier in the day, the NCAA’s chief medical officer and two of his infectious disease advisers warned that the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in the United States remains a major obstacle to overcoming college sports.
I feel like a Titanic. We hit the iceberg and we’re trying to decide when to play the band, “said Dr. Carlos Del Rio, executive assistant to the dean at Emory University.
Del Rio, a member of the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Committee, appeared with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Heinlein at a webinar organized by the American Society of Infectious Diseases.
“We need to focus on what’s important,” Del Rio said. “The important thing right now is that we need to control this virus. If I don’t play sports this year to control this virus, it will be a priority for me №1. “
The United States has had more than 5 million cases of COVID-19.
Earlier this week, Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first Power Five conferences to decide not to play football or any sport this fall. Emmert called it a devastating blow.
Sports administrators and college coaches make cases where schools provide a structured environment with frequent tests and strict protocols that make athletes safer than the general population.
“We had a positive test when our student-athletes first returned,” said Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne. “We had a drastic reduction because they fell under our umbrella and that’s good. In principle, we have our student-athlete under his umbrella. In college, where students go to class, it is difficult to create a bubble. “
Heinlein said about 1% -2% of college athletes who are tested by schools are positive for COVID-19.
Del Rio said the conferences came to different decisions, not because they had different information, but because they assessed the risk differently.
“Some conferences will say we will move forward. It’s a very narrow road, we hope there will be no infections and if there are infections, we will be able to detect them and we will be able to stop them and we will not have an outbreak, “Del Rio said.” But other conferences say no. Our tolerance is zero risk and therefore we will not have it. Exactly the same data is simply viewed in different ways. “
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