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8:58 pm, September 22, 2020

DI Board of Directors approves plan to hold fall championships in the spring

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved a plan on Tuesday to conduct 2020 fall championships in the spring of 2021.

The sports included in the decision are men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo. As part of the plan, brackets sizes will be filled at 75 percent of their normal capacities.

All championship sites will be predetermined and the number of preliminary-round sites will be reduced to support health and safety.

“The plan sent to us by the Division I Council provides the maximum number of opportunities to fall student-athletes to participate in NCAA championships while still being fiscally responsible,” said acting board chair Denise Trauth, president at Texas State. “We look forward to the spring, understanding things will look a little different but knowing the competitions will be just as meaningful as in normal circumstances.”

More information on each championship can be found in the table below.

Fall championships information.
7:30 pm, September 16, 2020

NCAA Division I Council announces basketball, Election Day, FCS updates

The NCAA Division I Council met Wednesday for an action-filled meeting. Here's everything you need to know about decisions that impact fall, winter and spring sports:

  • The start of the men's and women's basketball season will be Nov. 25, 2020, with practice scheduled to start Oct. 14. The first games of the season were originally scheduled to start Nov. 10, 2020.
    • There won't be any scrimmages or exhibitions this season.
    • The  maximum number of games has been decreased by four, so teams can play up to 27 regular-season games if they play in a multi-team event.
    • Teams must play at least 13 games to be eligible for the NCAA tournament – all of which must come against a Division I opponent.
    • The Division I Men's Basketball and Women's Basketball committees recommended teams play at least four non-conference games.
  • The NCAA Division I Council passed legislation that will allow all student-athletes to have a mandatory off day without practice or competition on Election Day. In the future, it will be the first Tuesday after Nov. 1. It was the first piece of legislative proposal from the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since a restructuring in 2014 allowed student-athletes to have a vote at every level.
  • The NCAA Division I Council approved proposals to move fall championships to the spring and they'll need to be approved by the DI Board of Governors. In team sports, brackets will be filled at 75 percent of their usual capacities.
  • The Division I Council adopted a playing and practice model for schools that plan to participate in football in the spring and members also approved a framework for the FCS Championship.
    • The championship will start April 18 and end May 15, with a field of 16 teams.
    • Fall competition will be considered for determining the 16 teams in the spring championship.
    • Schools can have up to eight games over the course of 13 weeks, with the last game being played no later than April 17.
    • On-field practice can start Sept. 21 and schools can practice up to 12 hours per week through Dec. 31.
    • During the two weeks before the start of the preseason, teams can hold non-contact practice for up to 20 hours per week.
  • The Division I Council extended the recruiting dead period through Jan. 1, which precludes all in-person recruiting. Phone calls and correspondence can continue.
6:57 pm, September 16, 2020

Proposal caps brackets at 75 percent for DIII winter, spring championships

The Division III Championships Committee on Tuesday recommended that winter and spring 2021 national championship brackets and field sizes not exceed 75 percent of their standard capacity.

A caveat to this proposal is if a sport’s maximum number of allocated automatic qualifiers surpasses the 75 percent threshold. The championship could then expand the field to accommodate each automatic berth.

The recommendation will make its way through the Division III governance structure, including getting feedback from winter and spring sport committees, before the Management and Presidents Councils make a final decision in October.

Committee members also voted to reduce the winter sports contest minimums to 50 percent to reach championships eligibility status in 2021.

The resulting minimums for championship eligibility consideration:

  • Men’s basketball: 9
  • Women’s basketball: 9
  • Men’s ice hockey: 9
  • Women’s ice hockey: 9
  • Men’s swimming and diving: 4
  • Women’s swimming and diving: 4
  • Men’s indoor track and field: 2
  • Women’s indoor track and field: 3
  • Wrestling: 3
5:11 pm, September 10, 2020

Start of ice hockey season delayed

The men's and women's DI ice hockey seasons will be delayed because of COVID-19, according to a release today from the Hockey Commissioners Association:

More details, including the start date, schedule and number of games will be released later.

8:57 pm, August 25, 2020

American Athletic Conference postpones soccer, volleyball to spring 2021

The American Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that it is postponing competition and conference championships for men's and women's soccer and volleyball to the spring of 2021. This decision follows the Division I Board of Governors' Aug. 21 announcement that it will work toward hosting NCAA fall championships in the spring.

“We were prepared to conduct competition in the fall in men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, but moving to the spring was in the best interest of our student-athletes as it will align our schedules to allow our teams to compete for national championships," AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said in the news release.

5:20 pm, August 25, 2020

Here's everything you need to know about fall sports

NCAA.com has been tracking official sources for the latest coronavirus-related fall sports news.

Here's what you need to know:

  • On Friday, Aug. 21, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors announced that it will work to host fall sport championships in the spring of 2021, including men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's water polo, field hockey and FCS football.
  • The Board of Directors approved a blanket waiver granting all DI I fall sport student-athletes an additional year of eligibility and an additional year to complete it.
  • Six of the 10 FBS football conferences are scheduled to play a fall season, including the ACC, Big 12, SEC, AAC, Conference USA and Sun Belt. The College Football Playoff is prepared for the fall season, as the selection committee announced its rankings release dates, which start with the first rankings on Nov. 17 and selection day on Dec. 20.
  • On Aug. 27, the SEC announced it has set new start dates and formats for cross country, soccer and volleyball to compete in regular season games and SEC Championships this fall.
12:31 pm, August 25, 2020

This is the fall sports news you need to know Tuesday morning

It's Tuesday, Aug. 25, and we're tracking official news sources to provide the latest coronavirus-related fall sports news.

Here's the latest news in college sports that you need to know:

  • NC State temporarily pauses all athletic-related activities due to a COVID-19 cluster.
  • The college football preseason AP Top 25 poll, headlined by No. 1 Clemson, was released Monday and the AP will release its preseason All-America team on Tuesday.
  • The College Football Playoff selection committee announced its rankings release dates, which start with the first rankings on Nov. 17 and selection day on Dec. 20.
  • Cincinnati and Duke announced that they'll start the fall without fans at football games.
11:45 pm, August 24, 2020

Here's what you need to know in fall sports news for Monday night

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in fall sports news Monday night, Aug. 24:

  • The college football preseason AP Top 25 poll was released Monday afternoon for the 2020 season.
    • Clemson earned the No. 1 preseason ranking for the second year in a row.
    • Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma round out the top five.
    • Defending national champion LSU is No. 6.
    • Schools that aren't playing football in the fall were eligible for the preseason rankings.
  • The College Football Playoff selection committee announced its rankings release dates.
    • The College Football Playoff selection committee released the six dates when it will reveal the CFP rankings for the 2020 season, culminating in selection day on Sunday, Dec. 20.
  • Duke will begin its fall sports seasons without fans.
    • Only essential game personnel and media will be allowed in attendance.
  • NC State temporarily pauses all athletic-related activities
    • The decision, which includes preseason football practices, is a result of a COVID-19 cluster within its programs.
  • The AP's preseason All-America football team will be released on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
10:39 pm, August 24, 2020

NC State pauses athletic activities due to COVID-19 cluster

North Carolina State announced Monday that it has temporarily paused all athletic-related activities due to a COVID-19 cluster in its programs.

The school says it will continue to follow established medical protocols with the aide of campus and local health officials. 

"Based on the information available to us, we are making the necessary and swift decision to pause athletic-related activities until we have additional information," said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan in a news release. "We will continue to work with all appropriate parties to evaluate the most responsible path moving forward and will provide further details when available." 

4:23 pm, August 24, 2020

Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama headline AP preseason college football poll

The AP released its annual college football preseason top 25 poll on Monday and Clemson is ranked the preseason No. 1 in the country for the second year in a row.

Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma round out the top five, respectively. Schools that aren't playing football this fall were eligible to receive votes for the preseason poll.

Reigning national champion LSU is No. 6 in the preseason AP poll for the second year in a row.

1:59 pm, August 24, 2020

Duke will begin fall sports seasons without fans

Duke University announced Monday morning that it will start the fall sports season without fans.

During Duke home games, only essential game personnel and broadcast media will be allowed in attendance.

"To be sure, our venues will not be the same without our passionate, energetic fan base," said Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White said in the news release.  "Given the unique and challenging circumstances, this determination was reached with the health and safety of our fans, student-athletes, coaches and staff at the forefront.  As this evolving process continues, it is imperative to be both adaptable and compliant in anticipation of hosting fans in the near future."

 

12:38 pm, August 24, 2020

Here's the fall sports news you need to know Monday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to provide the latest coronavirus-related fall sports news.

Here's everything you need to know on Monday, Aug. 24:

  • The DI Board of Directors met Friday and it will work toward hosting scaled back fall sport championships in the spring of 2021.
  • The Board of Directors also announced all football student-athletes will receive an additional year of eligibility and an additional year to complete it.
  • Conference USA postponed fall team sports and conference championships, except for football, to the spring.
  • The preseason AP Top 25 college football poll will be released on Monday around noon Eastern. It's the 85th year of the AP poll. Every DI school is eligible to receive votes for the preseason poll, even if their conference postponed the fall football season.
  • The AP's preseason All-America team will be released Tuesday.
10:20 pm, August 21, 2020

Here's what you need to know in fall sports news this weekend

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in fall sports news this weekend:

  • The Division I Board of Directors met virtually on Friday and announced that it will work toward hosting scaled back fall sport championships in the spring of 2021.
  • The Board also announced that it is adopting an eligibility waiver this season.
    • All fall sport student-athletes will receive an additional year of eligibility and an additional year to complete it.
  • Conference-USA postponed fall team sports and conference championships, except football, to the spring. 
7:35 pm, August 21, 2020

NCAA to work toward hosting DI fall champs in spring

On Friday, Aug. 21, the Division I Board of Directors announced that it will work toward hosting scaled back fall sport championships in the spring of 2021. The sports impacted are mens's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's water polo, field hockey and FCS football.

"Board members cautioned that fall championships should be played in the spring only if they can be conducted safely and in accordance with federal, state and local health guidelines. The board acknowledged that its action pertained to fall championships only and that the final decisions on bracket sizes and composition will be approved by the board," according to the official statement.

The statement also said the priority remains "preserving opportunities for winter and spring sport student-athletes who did not have the chance to participate in NCAA championships in 2019-20."

This decision follows an Aug. 5 ruling by the Board of Directors, during which, each division was instructed to determine its ability to conduct NCAA fall championships.

7:34 pm, August 21, 2020

NCAA adopts eligibility waiver for all fall sport student-athletes

On Friday, Aug. 21, the Division I Board of Directors announced that it approved a blanket waiver granting all DI I fall sport student-athletes an additional year of eligibility and an additional year to complete it.

The decision comes after the DI Council made adjusted recommendations to the Division I Board of Directors on Wednesday night regarding eligibility. 

The council previously recommended athletes receive an additional season of competition if ‘they participated in 50 percent or less of the maximum number of competitions allowed in each sport.’

1:44 pm, August 21, 2020

Here's what we expect on this Friday, Aug. 21

Good morning. This is the news we're watching today.

  • The NCAA Division I Board of Governors will meet virtually today and is expected to formally decide on at least two issues. The first is that members will consider a recommendation from the DI Council that all college student-athletes who compete (or would have competed) in the fall be allowed to keep their year of eligibility. It would give "all fall sport student-athletes both an additional year of eligibility and an additional year in which to complete it," according to the official NCAA release.
  • The second is to "formally pursue" moving all DI fall championships to the spring, if they can be "conducted safely and in accordance with federal, state and local health guidelines." This move can be considered a formality because more than 50 percent of schools participating in each NCAA fall championship sport canceled or postponed their seasons. That is the point that NCAA President Mark Emmert made last week in this interview with Andy Katz.
  • Both of these recommendations come from the NCAA's DI council, which met on Wednesday. The council also recommended a number of other measures, including prohibiting schools from requiring student-athletes to waive legal rights regarding COVID-19 as a condition of athletics participation and canceling or reducing athletics scholarships if an athlete in any sport opts not to participate due to COVID-19. You can read the entire list of recommendations here.
11:19 pm, August 20, 2020

Here's what you need to know in fall sports news for Thursday night

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in fall sports news on Aug. 20:

  • North Carolina State announced it will continue to hold practices and workouts for fall sport student-athletes as classes move to online instruction.
  • East Carolina announced it is pausing all football activities indefinitely following its latest round of COVID-19 testing.
    • Non-conference competition in the American Athletic Conference can begin on Sept. 1.
  • Notre Dame football did not practice again on Thursday. A return to practice on Friday is tentative.
    • Notre Dame temporarily moved to online instruction beginning Wednesday, Aug. 19.
  • West Virginia football will not have fans in attendance for its season opener against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 12.
  • Florida State filled its non-conference football opening and will play Jacksonville State on Oct. 3.
    • The Seminoles were previously scheduled to play Samford.
  • South Florida football announced it will host FCS opponent The Citadel on Sept. 12.
3:44 pm, August 20, 2020

UAB announces 2020 football games against Central Arkansas, Louisiana

On Thursday, UAB announced a pair of home games for the 2020 fall football season against Central Arkansas and Louisiana. The Blazers, which play in Conference USA, will open their season on Thursday, Sept. 3 against Central Arkansas.  UAB will host Louisiana on Friday, Oct. 23.

UAB now has 10 games scheduled for this fall, including a road game at Miami (FL) on Sept. 10.

12:30 pm, August 20, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Thursday morning

Good morning. This is your home for all coronavirus-related fall sports news. We're tracking official news sources and linking to them below.

Here's everything you need to know this morning, Thursday, Aug. 20:

12:31 am, August 20, 2020

DI Council recommends fall championships move to spring, eligibility additions

On Wednesday night, the Division I Council recommended to the Division I Board of Directors that 2020 fall sport championships be moved to the spring. The recommendation came after more than 50 percent of participating teams in all NCAA fall championship sports canceled or postponed their seasons.

“We know how much our student-athletes value these championship opportunities and will continue to exert maximum flexibility to sponsor them.” DI Council chair M. Grace Calhoun said in the news release.

The council also recommended that all fall sport student-athletes receive an additional year of eligibility and an extra year to complete it — an adjustment to what the council previously recommended on Aug. 12. Here is the original recommendation:

"Council members agreed to recommend that all fall sport student-athletes who compete and then opt out of future participation or have a season cut short or eliminated due to COVID-19 receive: (1) an extension of their five-year period of eligibility; and (2) an additional season of competition if they participate in 50% or less of the maximum number of competitions allowed in each sport."

11:14 pm, August 19, 2020

Here's what you need to know in fall sports news for Wednesday evening

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in fall sports on Aug. 19:

  • Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren outlined the league's reasons for postponing 2020 fall sports competition.
    • The statement cited rising transmission rates, concerns with contact tracing and unknowns regarding recovery and long-term effects.
  • The MEAC revealed a tentative scheduling model for its plan to potentially conduct fall sports in the spring of 2021.
  • Notre Dame and North Carolina athletics did not practice on Aug. 19 and have shifted to online classes.
  • Clemson football filled its non-conference opening as the Tigers now host The Citadel on Sept. 19.
  • Three SEC football programs — Alabama, Georgia and Auburn — announced reduced stadium capacities for the 2020 season.
10:30 pm, August 19, 2020

Big Ten Commissioner outlines reasons for fall sports postponement

Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren issued a statement Wednesday night outlining the league's reasons for postponing 2020 fall sports competition. These are are some of the contributing factors that led to the conference's Aug. 11 decision:

  • Transmission rates continue to rise.
    • Medical staffs did not believe schools would be able to control the spread of the virus with regular testing.
  • Various unknowns regarding recovery and long-term effects.
    • The Big Ten cited uncertain risk of cardiomyopathy as 'unacceptable'.
  • Concerns with contact tracing, including an inability to social distance.
    • The conference noted access to accurate testing is limited.
    • The Big Ten also acknowledged calendar disruption created by contact tracing and quarantining.

"The vote by the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) was overwhelmingly in support of postponing fall sports and will not be revisited," Warren said in the official statement.

The Big Ten assembled a Return to Competition Task Force to plan for the return of fall sports competition. 

6:44 pm, August 19, 2020

MEAC announces tentative 2021 spring plans for fall sports

On Wednesday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference revealed a scheduling model for how it plans to potentially conduct fall sports in the spring of 2021. Here's what you need to know:

  • Each school will have the option to opt out of spring competition based on COVID-19 conditions.
  • Football will play a slate of six regional conference games between Feb. 27 and April 24.
    • A championship game is planned for May 1.
  • Volleyball would potentially be played from the first week of January through February.
    • The MEAC Volleyball Championship is tentatively planned for the weekend of March 13-14 in Norfolk, Va. 
  • Men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball will also play a regional schedule.

“Although it’s still too early to tell if the coronavirus conditions will improve fast enough to allow us to reconvene spring sports, we want to be prepared with a plan of action,” MEAC presidents and chancellors chair Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick said in the news release.

12:37 pm, August 19, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Wednesday morning

Good morning, here's the latest coronavirus-related fall sports news, which we're tracking from official news sources.

This is what you need to know on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 19:

9:35 pm, August 18, 2020

Here's what you need to know in fall sports news for Tuesday evening

Good evening. Here's what you need to know in fall sports on Aug. 18:

  • On Tuesday, the Southeastern Conference announced health and safety guidelines for football one day after releasing the entirety of its 2020 schedule. Here are a few things to note:
    • Fans will be required to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. That includes entering, exiting and moving through a stadium.
    • Stadium workers and athletics staff members are required to wear a mask at all times.
    • Schools will determine the number of fans allowed into stadiums based on local and state guidelines as well as CDC recommendations. 
  • Notre Dame also announced Tuesday that it would be moving to undergraduate remote learning until Sept. 2.
    • Student-athletes who receive routine testing are allowed to continue practicing.
  • On Monday, NCAA Senior VP of Basketball Dan Gavitt announced that the NCAA will provide an update in mid-September about the start of the college basketball season.
12:26 pm, August 18, 2020

Here's what you need to know on Tuesday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources for coronavirus-related fall sports news.

Here's what you need to know on Tuesday morning on Aug. 18:

11:49 pm, August 17, 2020

Here's the latest fall sports news for Monday evening

Here's the latest fall sports news for Monday, Aug. 17:

  • The Southeastern Conference announced announced the entirety of its 2020 college football schedule.
    • Each school will play 10 conference games over 11 weeks.
    • The SEC Championship Game is scheduled for Dec. 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
  • NCAA Senior VP of Basketball Dan Gavitt announced that the NCAA has developed contingency plans for the 2020-21 college basketball season. 
    • The NCAA will be providing direction regarding the start of the college basketball season in mid-September.
  • The SWAC (FCS) revealed its 2021 spring football schedule.
    • The league will play a seven-game (six conference, one non-conference) schedule, beginning Feb. 27.
    • The SWAC Championship Game is scheduled for May 1. 
11:38 pm, August 17, 2020

SEC announces full 2020 football schedule

The Southeastern Conference announced the rest of its 2020 fall college football schedule on Monday night after revealing Week 1 matchups earlier in the day. Here are some of the notable pairings:

  • Auburn at Georgia — Oct. 3
  • Texas A&M at Alabama — Oct. 3
  • LSU at Florida — Oct. 17
  • Florida vs. Georgia — Nov. 7 (in Jacksonville, FL)
  • Alabama at LSU — Nov. 14 
  • Auburn at Alabama — Nov. 28
  • Mississippi State at Mississippi — Nov. 28

The SEC is playing a 10-game, conference-only schedule this season. Each member institution is slated to play 10 games across 11 weeks with the season beginning Sept. 26 and ending on Dec. 5. The SEC Championship Game is scheduled for Dec. 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

7:01 pm, August 17, 2020

NCAA Senior VP of Basketball Gavitt: 'By mid-September, we will provide direction about whether the season and practice start on time'

On Monday afternoon, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt released a statement that announced that as a precaution, the NCAA has developed contingency plans to the originally scheduled Nov. 10 start date to the men's basketball season.

"By mid-September, we will provide direction about whether the season and practice start on time or a short-term delay is necessitated by the ongoing pandemic," Gavitt said in the statement.

"We recognize that we are living and operating in an uncertain time, and it is likely that mid-September will be just the first milestone for many important decisions pertaining to the regular season and the NCAA basketball championships. While circumstances may warrant flexibility resulting in a different and perhaps imperfect season, the ultimate goal is to safely provide student-athletes and teams with a great college basketball experience."

You can read the full statement here.

5:59 pm, August 17, 2020

SWAC (FCS) announces 2021 spring football schedule

On Monday, the SWAC announced its 2021 spring, FCS football schedule.

Here's what you need to know about the SWAC's spring schedule:

  • Every school will play a conference opponent in Week 1 on Feb. 27.
  • Every school will play six conference games, including four against division opponents and two against non-division opponents.
  • There will be a non-conference open date for every school.
  • Every school will have a bye week during the week of March 13, or Week 3, so that fans can go to the SWAC men's and women's basketball tournaments.
  • The SWAC Championship Game is scheduled for Saturday, May 1.
  • Full conference schedules are available here.
12:41 pm, August 17, 2020

Here's everything you need to know Monday morning

It's the start of a new work week and we're tracking official sources to provide you with the latest coronavirus-news regarding the fall sports season.

Here's what you need to know Monday morning:

  • NCAA president Mark Emmert said the NCAA will not hold Division I fall championships in 2020, but this decision does not include FBS football.
  • The SEC's Week 1 football schedules will be released at 3 p.m. ET, while the full SEC football schedules will be released at 7 p.m. ET.
  • The 100th meeting of the "Iron Skillet" football rivalry, between TCU and SMU, is scheduled for Sept. 12, which will be TCU's only non-conference game this fall.
  • Cincinnati's football season-opener against Austin Peay has been pushed back more than two weeks from Sept. 3 to Sept. 19.
7:59 pm, August 15, 2020

Latest college football schedule updates

Here's the latest college football schedule news and updates from Saturday, Aug. 15:

10:31 pm, August 14, 2020

Here's the latest fall sports news for Friday evening

Here's the latest fall sports news for Friday, Aug. 14:

  • The Atlantic Sun Conference announced its plans to postpone fall sports.
    • This includes men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball.
    • Providing a spring season for the fall sports remains a priority.
  • Marshall and East Carolina have decided to reschedule their non-conference football game.
    • The game, which was originally scheduled for Aug. 29, will instead take place on Sept. 12. This means that no FBS teams will play in Week 0. However, there will be one FCS game on Aug. 29 (Week 0): Austin Peay vs. Central Arkansas.
  • NCAA president Mark Emmert said Thursday that the NCAA will not hold DI fall championships in 2020.
    • "We cannot now, at this point, have fall NCAA championships, because there’s not enough schools participating," Emmert said.
    • This does not include FBS football, as the NCAA has never had any oversight over that level of college football.
10:11 pm, August 14, 2020

Ohio Valley Conference postpones fall sports

The Ohio Valley Conference announced Friday, Aug. 14 that it would postpone all fall competition and championships in 2020. The sports affected by this decision are football, men's and women's cross country, women's soccer and women's volleyball. This includes the fall competitive schedules for men's and women's golf and men's and women's tennis as well as non-traditional competition seasons for baseball and softball.

The conference will develop plans for competition and championships in the spring semester for the impacted sports.

“After careful deliberation, weighing all the factors as presented, and given the current uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the OVC Board of Presidents voted to postpone the conference’s fall sports to the spring. With the focus on student-athletes, the conference leaders made this value-based decision with a commitment to continue to monitor the evolving situation and to strive to establish meaningful competitive opportunities in the spring for our fall sport student-athletes," said OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche.

6:39 pm, August 14, 2020

Marshall-ECU football game rescheduled, no FBS teams will play in Week 0

East Carolina announced on Friday that its Aug. 29 football game against Marshall has been rescheduled for Sept. 12. With this news, no FBS games will be played in Week 0.

"I appreciate Mike Hamrick and Marshall for working with us to move the game. We continue to work with university, local and state health officials for guidance on fans in attendance. We will communicate with Pirate Nation in a timely manner when more information becomes available," ECU Athletics Director Jon Gilbert said in the news release.

One FCS game is still scheduled for Aug. 29, Austin Peay vs. Central Arkansas.  

1:16 pm, August 14, 2020

Here's what you need to know on Friday morning

This is your home for all coronavirus-related NCAA fall sports news and we're tracking the latest news from official sources.

Here's what you need to know on the morning of Friday, Aug. 14:

  • In an NCAA Social Series video with NCAA correspondent Andy Katz, NCAA President Mark Emmert said there won't be NCAA fall championships this year. That decision does not affect FBS football or the College Football Playoff.
  • Emmert said the NCAA will look to provide a championship for fall-sport athletes in the winter and spring if more than half of the schools compete in a season.
  • Emmert said the NCAA is open to exploring bubble-type environment for championships, saying, "If we need to do a bubble model and that's the only way we can do it, then we'll figure that out."
  • The College Football Playoff selection committee (FBS) announced that it is preparing for the 2020-21 season.
  • NCAA Vice President of Men's Basketball Dan Gavitt said that he remains "very confident that we're going to have a basketball season, albeit different and maybe altered as necessary by the virus."
9:51 pm, August 13, 2020

NCAA President Emmert: 'We cannot have fall NCAA championships'

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced in an NCAA Social Series video Thursday night that, "We cannot now, at this point, have fall NCAA championships because there's not enough schools participating," but this does not affect FBS football.

"But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't and can't turn toward winter and spring and say, 'How can we create a legitimate championship for all those students?' Emmert said. "There are ways to do this. I'm completely confident that we can figure this out if schools and conferences want to move forward and try to have [a championship], if more than half of them want to do it, and that's surely the indication right now, then let's do it."

Here are some other highlights from Emmert:

  • On a potential bubble environment for championships: "I think it's perfectly viable in many sports, it's harder in FCS football, for example. If you had smaller brackets, so starting with 64 teams is tough, 32 is OK, maybe that's a manageable number. Sixteen's certainly manageable but you got to figure out those logistics. There's doubtlessly ways to make that work ... We're not going to hold a championship in a way that puts student-athletes at risk. If we need to do a bubble model and that's the only way we can do it, then we'll figure that out."
  • On the focus for student-athletes in the fall: "If we think about what's going on this fall, rather than thinking about it as a canceled or a lost fall, let's instead think of it as a pivot toward winter and spring. Let's use the fall to focus on the physical and mental health, the academic success of our student-athletes."
  • On potentially moving the dates of championships: "Men's and women's basketball, we've got to do what we need to do to support those athletes and those timelines. We're talking of course with our media partners pretty constantly now about what flexibility they would have and we would have. We'd love nothing more than to hold the current dates constant and that may well be doable. The virus is going to be an important part of this conversation because we have to do it in a safe fashion."

Previously on Thursday, the College Football Playoff selection committee (FBS) announced that it is preparing for the 2020-21 season.

"We don't know right now what the season will bring, but as a committee, we are ready to use the protocol and the expertise of the 13 people who have been charged with selecting the teams," said Committee Chair and Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta in the news release.

8:15 pm, August 13, 2020

Southern Conference postpones fall conference competition

The Southern Conference announced on Thursday, Aug. 13 that it will not have fall conference competition due to COVID-19. This involves football, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and volleyball.

However, the league is allowing nonconference games. The Southern Conference also said it intends to move fall sports' regular-season competition to the spring.

“This decision was made with extensive evaluation and conversation,” Southern Conference Commissioner Jim Schaus said in the release. “Ultimately, we felt it necessary to ensure the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff. This decision was also supported by the conference’s medical advisory committee.

4:32 pm, August 13, 2020

Big Sky Conference to postpone fall sports to spring 2021

The Big Sky Conferenced announced Thursday that it is postponing all fall sports until spring 2021. This decision will affect fall championship sports — men’s and women’s cross country, soccer and volleyball — in addition to sports that compete in their non-championship season during the fall — men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and softball.

The Big Sky Presidents’ Council also announced that there would be no non-conference competition for fall sports.

"Our efforts in the conference office now will focus on doing everything within our power to make their spring season the best that it possibly can be, which includes advocating for their NCAA championships to be held then," Big Sky Commissioner Tom Wistrcill said in the news release.

3:33 pm, August 13, 2020

Southland Conference to postpone fall sports conference competition

The Southland Conference announced Thursday that it has postponed conference competition for fall sports. The sports impacted by this decision are football, volleyball, women’s soccer and cross country. 


Presidents of Southland Conference universities authorized planning for spring championships in volleyball, soccer and cross country. For the fall, member institutions may choose to participate in limited non-conference competition.


“Protecting competitive opportunities in a safe manner for our student-athletes was paramount in the review, and a delay to the spring allows campuses and athletic departments to get a better handle on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic," Southland Conference Board of Directors chair Dr. Houston Davis said in an official release.

3:32 pm, August 13, 2020

Western Athletic Conference won't engage in fall sports competition

The Western Athletic Conference announced Thursday morning that it is suspending all fall sports competition through the end of 2020. The decision comes following a vote from the WAC Board of Directors.

Fall sports impacted by the conference's action are men's and women's cross country, volleyball and men's and women's soccer. Men's and women's basketball as well as men's and women's swimming and diving has also been postponed through the end of October.

"The health and safety of our student-athletes, the many others associated with our athletics programs and all those in our campus environments always will be the highest priority," WAC Commissioner Jeff Hurd said in the news release.

1:32 pm, August 13, 2020

Watch: NCAA's Dan Gavitt is committed to playing March Madness in 2021

March Madness correspondent Andy Katz held a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 12, with NCAA Vice President of Men's Basketball Dan Gavitt, NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee Chair and Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart and NABC Executive Director Craig Robinson.

Here are some of the highlights of the discussion:

  • Dan Gavitt on plans for the 2020-21 men's basketball season: "We've been working on contingencies and studying what it is that makes the most sense for college basketball for months now. We're five months exactly from the date that the tournament was canceled back in March and we're three months away from the scheduled start of the college basketball season. We recognize what's going on around the country and have been making plans and contingencies for a change, if necessary, but we're also, as we've said all through the summer, trying to exercise patience."
  • Gavitt, continued: "Remain very confident that we're going to have a basketball season, albeit different and maybe altered as necessary by the virus."
  • Craig Robinson on student-athletes: "What we're really trying to get our membership to focus on is the mental health of our student-athletes, trying to get players to a place where they feel comfortable in this uncertainty and the way you do it is you communicate with them and you're transparent with them."
  • Mitch Barnhart on student-athletes: "We have got an opportunity to educate our young people, they're still going to class. They've still got school. Some of them are online, some of them are in classes, so that's hybrid. So we've got to pay attention to being a college student, that is still a part of this process that we will have to factor in."
12:52 pm, August 13, 2020

Here's what you need to know for Thursday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related news in college athletics.

Here's what's on our radar this morning, Thursday, Aug. 13:

  • During an Aug. 12 roundtable discussion with NCAA.com's Andy Katz, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt stated that he plans on having a 2021 Division I NCAA men's basketball tournament. "We'll deliver what the country is desperately looking for again. And that's just an incredible March Madness tournament in 2021," Gavitt said.
  • The Big East Conference announced Wednesday night that it is postponing fall sports in 2020.
  • The Big South (Division I/FCS) delayed its fall sports seasons to the spring but its schools can play up to four non-conference football games this fall.
  • The DI Council recommended two protections to the Division I Board of Directors on Wednesday for football student-athletes impacted by COVID-19: extend the student-athlete's five-year period of eligibility and provide an additional season of competition if a student-athlete participates in 50 percent of less of the maximum number of competitions allowed in a sport. Those protections are included for students who compete and then opt out of future participation or have a season cut short because of COVID-19.
  • On Wednesday, the Big 12 announced its 2020 football conference schedule.
10:36 pm, August 12, 2020

DI Council recommends protections for fall sport student-athletes

The Division I Council recommended protections to the Division I Board of Directors on Wednesday for fall sport student-athletes affected by COVID-19. This includes for students who compete and then opt out of future participation or have a season cut short because of COVID-19:

  • Extend the student-athlete's five-year period of eligibility
  • Provide an additional season of competition if a student-athlete participates in 50 percent or less of the maximum number of competitions allowed in each sport under DI rules.

“In this time of uncertainty, the Council members are working to create additional flexibility for college athletes whose seasons have been negatively impacted by the pandemic,” DI Council chair M. Grace Calhoun said in the official statement.

10:21 pm, August 12, 2020

Big East Conference postpones fall sports

The Big East Conference announced Wednesday night that it is postponing fall sports in 2020. The sports affected by this decision are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey. Georgetown men's soccer won the national championship in 2019.

"Athletics play an integral role in the student, alumni and fan experience at each of our institutions, and we were all hoping to allow the fall seasons to move forward," Big East Board of Directors chair Reverend Peter M. Donohue said in the news release. "However, given the guidance of the BIG EAST COVID-19 Task Force, this decision, while disappointing, was made with the health and safety of our student-athletes and staff in mind. The well-being of our community members are, and will continue to be, our priority and focus.”

10:08 pm, August 12, 2020

Here's the latest fall sports news for Wednesday evening

Here's the latest fall sports news for Wednesday, Aug. 12:

  • The Big 12 Conference announced its plans to continue with fall sports.
    • Competition can begin after Sept. 1.
    • Football will play a 10-game (9+1) schedule.
    • Volleyball and soccer will compete in a conference-only schedule.
  • The Big East Conference announced its plan to postpone fall sports.
    • Georgetown men's soccer won the 2019 national championship.
      • The volleyball and women's soccer champions (Stanford) will also not compete this fall.
  • The Big South Conference announced that it will delay fall sports to the spring.
    • Football members can play up to four non-conference games this fall.
  •  NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt assured fans that there will be a 2021 March Madness.
8:51 pm, August 12, 2020

Dan Gavitt: We'll deliver a March Madness in 2021

During an Aug. 12 roundtable discussion with NCAA.com's Andy Katz, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt stated that he plans on having a 2021 Division I NCAA men's basketball tournament.

"We'll deliver what the country is desperately looking for again. And that's just an incredible March Madness tournament in 2021," Gavitt said in the interview. "Our first and primary goal and preference is to have the [NCAA] tournament on the dates that are set at the venues we have predetermined.But if the virus necessitates a different path, we will react accordingly."

Katz and Gavitt were joined by Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart and NABC executive director Craig Robinson. The 2020 NCAA tournament was canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

4:16 pm, August 12, 2020

Big 12 Conference to continue with fall sports

The Big 12 Conference announced Wednesday that it will continue with fall sports in 2020. A decision was made during a Board of Directors meeting held Tuesday night. Here's what you need to know:

  • All Big 12 fall competition will begin after Sept. 1.
  • High-contact sports (football, soccer, volleyball) will be tested three times per week.
  • Volleyball and soccer will play a conference-only schedule.
  • Football can schedule one non-conference game that must be played before Sept. 26.

"We remain vigilant in monitoring the trends and effects of COVID 19 as we learn more about the virus. If at any point our scientists and doctors conclude that our institutions cannot provide a safe and appropriate environment for our participants, we will change course," Big 12 Board of Directors' Chairman Victor Boschini said in the news release.

2:29 pm, August 12, 2020

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (DII) suspends all competition through 2020

Division II's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that it would suspend all sports competition until Jan. 1, 2021. The decision came following a unanimous vote by the GLIAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors.

"After thoroughly reviewing federal, state, and NCAA SSI (Sport Science Institute) and Board of Governor's guidelines, it became apparent that conducting contests and championships this fall was insurmountable," GLIAC Commissioner Kris Dunbar said in the news release. "My frustration and sadness for the coaches, student-athletes, families and fans is unmitigated. The league will continue to work on protocols for a safe return for our athletic programs, with the health and safety of our student-athletes and staff taking the highest priority.”

2:09 pm, August 12, 2020

Big South Conference delays fall sports

On Wednesday morning, the Big South Conference announced it has delayed fall sports with the intention of playing in the spring. The sports impacted by this decision are men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball.

Football will be allowed to play up to four non-conference games this fall at the discretion of each institution following a vote by the league's football members. 

"Our intention is to shift these fall seasons to the spring as we would like nothing more than to crown Big South champions in all 19 of our sports this year.” Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander said in the news release.

1:01 pm, August 12, 2020

Here's what you need to know Wednesday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what's on our radar this morning, Wednesday, Aug. 12:

  • The Big Ten and Pac-12 have postponed their fall sports seasons and both conferences will examine if fall sports can be played in the spring semester. All Pac-12 sports competition is postponed through Dec. 31, 2020.
  • UMass, an FBS independent, has canceled the fall football season.
  • We're watching for any official word on fall sports today.
8:31 pm, August 11, 2020

Pac-12 Conference postpones all sports through the end of 2020

The Pac-12 Conference announced Tuesday, Aug. 11 that it would postpone all sport competitions through the end of 2020. The decision was made following a unanimous vote by the Pac-12 CEO Group. The conference will consider a return to competition for the affected sports after Jan. 1, 2021.

Earlier in the day, the Big Ten announced it would be postponing fall sports.

“Ultimately, our decision was guided by science and a deep commitment to the health and welfare of student-athletes. We certainly hope that the Pac-12 will be able to return to competition in the New Year," University of Oregon president Michael H. Schill said in the news release.

6:57 pm, August 11, 2020

Big Ten Conference postpones fall sports

The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday, Aug. 11 that it would be postponing all fall sports in 2020. The sports affected by this decision are men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.

The conference plans to continue evaluating options for those sports, including the possibility of playing in the spring.

“As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall," Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in the league's official statement.

2:12 pm, August 11, 2020

UMass cancels fall football season

On Tuesday morning, UMass announced the cancellation of its fall football season. The Minutemen join Old Dominion and UConn as well as teams in the MAC and Mountain West that won't play football this fall.

"These times have presented us with extensive uncertainty, and we are disappointed for all the members of our fall sports programs who will not have the opportunity to compete this autumn," athletic director Ryan Bamford said in the news release. "We remain hopeful and fully intend to conduct a competitive schedule for our fall sports in the 2021 spring semester."

UMass is an FBS independent. The school's other fall sports were postponed in a July 17 decision made by the Atlantic-10 Conference.

12:25 pm, August 11, 2020

Here's what you need to know Tuesday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college football news.

Here's what's on our radar this morning, Tuesday, Aug. 11:

  • On Monday, the Mountain West Conference has postponed fall sports, including its fall football season, joining the MAC as the second FBS conference to decide not to play football this fall. The Mountain West is looking into rescheduling fall sports for the spring.
  • Conference USA member Old Dominion has postponed all fall sports.
  • We're watching for more news that could be announced soon. Big Ten and Pac-12 officials are expected to meet Tuesday, when they could decide the future of the fall sports season.
10:40 pm, August 10, 2020

Mountain West Conference postpones fall sports

On Monday night, the Mountain West Conference announced its indefinite postponement of all fall sports competition and championship events. The sports impacted by this decision are men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

The Mountain West is the second FBS conference to cancel football after the Mid-American Conference did so on Saturday.

"The Mountain West will begin to explore the feasibility of rescheduling fall sports competition, including the possibility of those sports competing in the spring, and develop options for consideration. Athletically-related activities and training opportunities for enrolled student-athletes will also be evaluated consistent with NCAA legislation and guidance, as well as state, local and campus parameters," according to the league's official statement.

8:36 pm, August 10, 2020

Here's what you need to know Monday afternoon

Hours after Old Dominion announced it had canceled all fall sports, the Big Ten presidents are expected to have a conference call Monday night to discuss the fall sports season and a decision could be made that impacts fall sports.
4:30 pm, August 10, 2020

Old Dominion cancels fall sports

On Monday afternoon, Old Dominion announced it had canceled all fall sports. Old Dominion AD Dr. Wood Selig said he hopes fall sports can be played in the spring.

"I know many on and off campus will be disappointed, but we must prioritize the health and safety of our student-athletes, as well as our coaches, staff and fans," Old Dominion President John R. Broderick said in the news release.

12:53 pm, August 10, 2020

Here's what you need to know Monday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college sports news.

Here's what's on our radar this morning, Monday, Aug. 10:

  • We're watching for more news on potential postponements of fall college sports seasons in the wake of the MAC announcement from this weekend. In case you missed it, the conference voted unanimously Saturday to postpone its fall sports season. You can read the official release here.
  • The MAC was the first FBS conference to postpone its college football season. Athletic directors and other college officials are scheduled to be on calls this week that could impact the fall sports seasons. 
  • The NCAA sports played in the fall season, by the way, are men's and women's cross country and soccer, field hockey, football, men's water polo and women’s volleyball. 
3:44 pm, August 8, 2020

MAC announces postponement of all fall sports seasons

On Saturday morning, the Mid-American Conference announced the postponement of all fall sports seasons, including the MAC championships due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council of Presidents voted unanimously on the decision. The announcement added that it is the membership's intention to provide these student-athletes a chance to compete in Spring 2021. 

The fall sports affected include men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball. 

According to the press release, the MAC has begun formalizing plans for the 2021 spring semester. The Conference will continue to consult with its Medical Advisory Panel and will monitor developments surrounding the pandemic with state and local health officials, the CDC, WHO and governmental entities.

“The decision is grounded in the core values of the Conference that prioritize student-athlete well-being, an area the MAC has traditionally taken a leadership role,” said MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher. “Clearly, we are charting a conservative path – and it is one that has been recommended by our medical advisory group. It is a decision that affects roughly 2,500 student-athletes who live for the moment to compete.  Those opportunities and moments are fleeting, and our student-athletes have a limited window in which to showcase their talent, passion, and drive for excellence.  I am heartbroken we are in this place. However, I take comfort and want to give assurance to our student-athletes, coaches, and fans that we have their best interest at heart, and we will make every effort to provide competitive opportunities in the spring.”
 

12:58 pm, August 8, 2020

SEC announces two additional non-divisional opponents for each school

On Friday, the SEC announced the two additional non-divisional opponents each school will play as part of the SEC's conference-only football schedule in 2020. Last week, the conference announced a 10-game conference-only season that will begin on September 26. According to the press release, the SEC plans to announce dates for all games within the next two weeks as it continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In prior seasons, schools would play the other six teams in their division, two non-divisional opponents and four out-of-conference games each season. In this revised schedule for 2020, each school will play four non-divisional opponents in addition to the other six teams in its division.

See below for the Western and Eastern non-divisional opponents: 

2:42 pm, August 7, 2020

SEC announces fall sports medical protocols

On Friday morning, the SEC announced its initial COVID-19 management requirements for 2020 fall sports. Here's what you need to know:

  • All testing will be done by a third-party provider to ensure consistency.
  • For volleyball and soccer, student-athletes and others in direct contact with the program will be tested at least two times a week during competition — one will take place three days before the team's first game of the week.
    • Coaches, staff and non-competing personnel are required to wear face coverings on the sideline and practice distancing to the extent possible.
  • For cross country, testing will happen at least once a week during competition — testing will take place three days prior to each competition.
    • Student-athletes are required to wear face coverings at the starting line, which can be removed once competitors are distanced.
    • Coaches and staff are expected to wear face coverings before and after competitions, practicing social distancing during events.

"Due to the constantly changing realities around the pandemic, the requirements and testing strategies developed by the Task Force will continue to be reviewed and updated as new information becomes available. The requirements are being developed as minimum standards for SEC programs to enact and serve to build on recommendations of the Autonomy 5 Medical Advisory Group and the NCAA's Resocialization of College Sports Guidelines," according to the league's official statement.

For more information, click or tap here for the full task force requirements.

5:22 pm, August 6, 2020

Mountain West Conference announces fall sports plans

On Wednesday afternoon, the Mountain West Board of Directors announced its plan for 2020 fall sports. Here's what you need to know:

  • Competition will begin no earlier than the week ending Sept. 26.
  • Football will play eight conference games and up to two additional non-conference games.
  • Women's soccer and volleyball will each play a conference-only schedule.
  • Options continue to be reviewed for men's and women's cross country.

“An incredible amount of thought and discussion from multiple perspectives went into making this decision. The modified fall structure supports the measures being taken by each of our institutions to ensure responsible return to play," said Mountain West Board of Directors chair Dr. Mary Papazian in an official statement.

1:32 pm, August 6, 2020

ACC releases full 2020 week-by-week football schedule

The ACC released their full week-by-week schedule for the 2020-2021 college football season, Thursday morning. Last week, the conference announced that each team will play 10 in-conference games and will allow for one out-of-conference game for the 2020-2021 season. They have also temporarily allowed Notre Dame to join the conference and eliminated the two-division system just for this season. 

Here are some highlights of the week-by-week schedule:

  • The first game is set for Thursday, Sept. 10 — if public health guidance allows — when Miami hosts UAB. That weekend is opening weekend for the conference as every team will play that Saturday except for Virginia as they host Virginia Military Institute (VMI) on Friday, Sept. 11. 
  • Each team has two open bye-weeks to allow for maximum schedule flexibility in case of COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • The ACC Championship is set for either Dec. 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
  • The 2020 CFP runner-up Clemson will visit Notre Dame on Nov. 7 in what could be an ACC Championship game preview. 
9:30 pm, August 5, 2020

Division I, II, III fall updates from August 5

We've been tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college sports news. Here’s what happened on Wednesday, August 5.

8:45 pm, August 5, 2020

Fall championships canceled for Division II

On Wednesday afternoon, the Division II Presidents Council announced that it will cancel fall championships for the 2020-21 season. The move comes after the NCAA Board of Governors' announcement directing each division to determine its ability to conduct fall championships.

"With the Board of Governors’ directives, the Division II Presidents Council determined that it was not feasible to hold fall championships as planned or to postpone them to the spring while prioritizing the health and well-being of student-athletes," according to the news release. 

8:07 pm, August 5, 2020

College Football Playoff selection show moved to Dec. 20

The College Football Playoff announced changes on Wednesday to its 2020-21 timeline. The CFP selection committee will now release its final rankings on Dec. 20. This change comes after conference championship games were moved to Dec. 12, 18 or 19.

"With recent schedule changes for the regular season, it makes sense for the committee to make its final rankings after the conference championship games, when it can get a complete picture of the season," CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in an official statement. "The selection committee members understand the need to be flexible as we all navigate uncharted waters this season, and this move will allow them to evaluate all the available information."

The top four teams will compete in the College Football Playoff Semifinals on Friday, Jan. 1, in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The national championship game will be played Monday, Jan. 11, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

6:43 pm, August 5, 2020

Aug. 21 deadline set for determining DI fall championships

On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors set an August 21 deadline for determining the status of 2020 fall championships.

The DI Board of Governors directed the DI Council to provide recommendations for the DI fall championships. The Council meets the week of Aug. 10-14 to discuss requirements outlined by the NCAA Board of Governors.

“The Council is fully prepared either through the full Council or the Council Coordination Committee to provide recommendations regarding any emergency legislation to ensure we keep our student-athletes whole,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun in an official statement.

6:24 pm, August 5, 2020

American Athletic Conference announces fall sports plans, timeline

American Athletic Conference Board of Directors announced on Aug. 5 its plan for athletic competition during the fall semester. Here's what you need to know:

  • Football will play eight conference games and up to four non-conference games this fall.
  • Men's soccer will play a 10-game, double-round-robin schedule of conference matches.
  • Women's soccer will play an eight-match, single-round-robin schedule of conference matches.
  • Women's volleyball will be divided into two divisions, playing eight conference matches.
  • Cross country can begin scheduling competitions beginning Sept. 1.

"The American's 12 member schools will be able to schedule nonconference competitions in fall sports at their discretion, but under the guidelines and protocols set by the Medical Advisory Group," according to the release.

6:04 pm, August 5, 2020

Fall championships canceled for Division III

The Division III Presidents Council announced Wednesday afternoon that it will cancel fall championships for the 2020-21 academic year. This decision followed the NCAA Board of Governors' earlier announcement directing each division to determine the ability to conduct fall championships.

“Looking at the health and safety challenges we face this fall during this unprecedented time, we had to make this tough decision to cancel championships for fall sports this academic year in the best interest of our student-athlete and member institutions,” said Presidents Council chair Tori Murden McClure in the release.

3:45 pm, August 5, 2020

NCAA directs each division to determine if it can safely hold fall championships

The NCAA Board of Governors ruled Wednesday that each division will be directed to determine its ability to conduct fall championships. Each division must make a decision regarding fall championships by Aug. 21.

The NCAA outlined and clarified several guidelines it would enforce and expect for any return-to-sport scenario to protect the student-athletes' interests. You can read the full release here.

  • NCAA championships may use reduced bracketing, a reduced number of competitors, predetermined sites and, where appropriate, single sites to limit exposure to COVID-19. 
  • If 50% or more of eligible teams in a particular sport in a division cancel their fall season, there will be no fall NCAA championship in that sport in that division. 
  • If fall sports championships are postponed in any division, a decision to conduct that championship at a later date will be based upon the scientific data available at that time regarding COVID-19, along with other considerations.
  • All student-athletes must be allowed to opt out of participation due to concerns about contracting COVID-19. If a college athlete chooses to opt out, that individual’s athletics scholarship commitment must be honored by the college or university.

“First and foremost, we need to make sure we provide a safe environment for college athletes to compete for an opportunity to play in NCAA championships,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in an official statement. “A decision based on the realities in each division will provide clarity for conferences and campuses as they determine how to safely begin the academic year and the return to sports.”

12:49 pm, August 5, 2020

Big Ten football releases 10 in-conference game schedule, beginining as early as September 3

The Big Ten released their full slate of games for the 2020-2021 college football season, Wednesday morning. Games are expected to begin on Labor Day weekend with each team given two bye-weeks to allow for scheduling flexibility. 

Here's what you need to know: 

  • The first Big Ten game is set for Thursday, Sept. 3 as Ohio State is set to host Illinois to kick-off opening weekend. 
  • The conference has given each team two byes to allow teams to reschedule games in case of coronavirus outbreaks.
  • The always highly-anticipated matchup between Ohio State and Michigan has been moved to week eight (Oct. 24) from its traditional week 12 spot. 
  • The Big Ten Championship is set for Dec. 5, with the ability to push it back to as late as December 19. The game is to be played at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

12:34 pm, August 5, 2020

UConn is first FBS program to cancel football season

UConn has become the first college football FBS program to cancel its college football program for the 2020-2021 season, the school announced Wednesday morning. 

"We engaged and listened to the concerns of our football student-athletes and feel this is the best decision for their health, safety, and well-being," UConn football coach Randy Edsall said in the news release.  "Our team is united in this approach and we will use this time to further player development within the program and gear ourselves to the 2021 season." 

1:20 am, August 5, 2020

NCAA fall season plans expected tomorrow

The NCAA Board of Governors met Tuesday afternoon to discuss how COVID-19 will affect the 2020-21 NCAA season. Tuesday evening, NCAA president Mark Emmert released the following statement, revealing that an update on fall season plans is expected to be released tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Here's what you may have missed elsewhere in coronavirus-related college sports news on Tuesday:

  • The first day of preseason football practice for SEC schools will be Aug. 17, according to a news release sent out Tuesday afternoon. From Aug. 7 to Aug. 16, SEC schools are allowed to have up to 14 hours per week of strength and conditioning, meetings and walkthroughs. From Aug. 17 until a school's first game, schools are allowed to have 25 practices with a max of 20 hours per week of practice.
  • On Monday night, the Big 12 announced it will play a "9+1" football schedule this fall, where each school will play nine conference games and one non-conference home game. The Big 12 schedule will be finalized in the next few weeks with conference games starting in mid to late-September. Each school's non-conference home game will be played before that. The Big 12 Championship game will be played Dec. 12 or Dec. 19.
  • Football games involving Big 12 schools — Oklahoma-Army and Texas Tech-UTEP — were officially canceled on Tuesday.
  • Wednesday could also mark when the American Athletic Conference and Big Ten provide more details about their fall football schedules.
6:51 pm, August 4, 2020

SEC announces updated preseason football practice schedule

The first allowable date of preseason football practice in the SEC is set for August 17, the conference announced in a news release Tuesday afternoon. "The new SEC calendar provides student-athletes with more days off than required by the NCAA and fewer practices than permitted by current NCAA rules," the release states.

Here's what you need to know:

  • From Aug. 7 to Aug. 16 SEC schools are allowed conduct up to 14 hours per week of strength and conditioning, meetings and walkthroughs.
  • From Aug. 17 to a school's first game, schools are allowed to have 25 practices with a max of 20 hours per week of practice.
  • "A five-day acclimatization period is required, with two days in helmets only, two days in shells and the fifth day in full pads," according to the release.
  • Schools must allow student-athletes to have a minimum of two days off each week until the week before the first game.
2:54 pm, August 4, 2020

Sun Belt announces eight-game conference football schedule, option to add up to four non-conference games

The Sun Belt Conference announced Tuesday morning that its 2020 football season will begin over Labor Day weekend. Here's what you need to know:

  • Member institutions will play an 8-game conference schedule
  • Each school can add up to four non-conference games, beginning in Week 0.
  • The Sun Belt Championship Game will be played Dec. 5 between the East Division and West Division champions.
  • That championship game date can be adjusted if needed.

"The Sun Belt Conference will continue to monitor health trends across our communities. Sun Belt Presidents and Chancellors, Athletics Directors, the COVID-19 Advisory Panel, and medical advisors will continue to review data to ensure a safe return to activities and competition," stated the league in its official announcement. "Our data review will cross seven states and 12 counties and include, among other things, infection rates, hospitalization rates, local health directives, advancements in COVID-19 testing and campus, department and team health trends."

2:53 pm, July 21, 2020

Tuesday, July 21

Here are men's college basketballs DI men's and women's basketball programs were allowed to begin summer athletics activities on July 20.

Here's what you need to know for Tuesday, July 21:

  • Starting yesterday, DI men's and women's basketball teams can begin summer athletics activities. They can last up to eight weeks or until the first day of classes or Sept. 15 — whichever is earlier. Activities, both virtual and in-person, can't exceed a combined eight hours per week. You can find more info here.
  • The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has postponed all scheduled fall sports and SWAC championships because of COVID-19. The SWAC has started planning on a schedule for fall sports during the 2021 spring semester. More info here.
12:15 am, August 4, 2020

Here's what you need to know Tuesday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college sports news. Here's what you need to know this morning, Tuesday, August 4:

  • On Monday night, the Big 12 announced it will play a "9+1" football schedule this fall, where each school will play nine conference games and one non-conference home game. The Big 12 schedule will be finalized in the next few weeks with conference games starting in mid to late-September. Each school's non-conference home game will be played before that. The Big 12 Championship game will be played Dec. 12 or Dec. 19.
  • The next major COVID-19-related college sports news could come Tuesday afternoon, when the NCAA Board of Governors meets. The group last met July 24 and, in an official statement from NCAA President Mark Emmert, said the NCAA would "continue to thoughtfully and aggressively monitor health conditions around the country." Emmert said, "it is clear that the format of our championships will have to change if they are to be conducted in a safe and fair manner ... We will continue our discussions in August.”

  • The Big Ten could announce the matchups of its conference-only football schedule as soon as Tuesday.

9:36 pm, August 3, 2020

Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (DIII) to postpone most fall sports

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (DIII) announced Aug. 3 that it will postpone conference competition for the following sports in 2020 until at least Jan. 1: men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s basketball.

"The Presidents Council will continue to evaluate plans for men's golf and women's tennis in the fall, as well as the January return of the remaining fall semester sports, over the coming months. Future actions regarding revisions to this plan will be informed by science and established guidelines from governments and governing bodies," according to the league's official release.

8:17 pm, August 3, 2020

Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (DIII) to modify fall sports schedule

The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference announced Thursday that it will pursue opportunities for high-risk fall sports (football, soccer and volleyball) to play in-conference competition and championships in the spring.

"UMAC institutions remain focused on providing meaningful experiences for all student-athletes in the fall of 2020 which could include opportunities for practice, small-group training, skill development, strength and conditioning and leadership programming," according to the league's official statement. "Engagement in non-conference competition in the fall for football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball remains at the discretion of UMAC institutions and will not be governed by the UMAC."

The conference also announced that golf and cross country will be allowed to compete in the fall, with competition taking place between UMAC member institutions.

3:41 pm, August 3, 2020

Division II to provide scheduling flexibility in 2020-21

The Division II Administrative Committee outlined Wednesday its scheduling flexibility for all Division II sports during the 2020-21 year, while also clarifying a season-of-competition waiver approved on July 22

"The waiver, the committee decided, can be applied in situations where schools choose to schedule 50% or less of the sport’s Bylaw 17 maximum contests/dates of competition for the 2020-21 academic year, rather than that percentage being met by a cancellation of the season," according to the release.

3:34 pm, August 3, 2020

Landmark Conference (DIII) postpones fall sports

Division III's Landmark Conference announced Friday that it has postponed all conference regular season and championship competition for the fall 2020 semester. The decision came following a unanimous vote by the Landmark Conference's Executive Board.

"The conference and its member institutions are exploring ways to provide competitive opportunities for fall student-athletes to participate in their sport during the spring semester barring local and state recommendations related to the pandemic. At present, it is the intent of the Landmark Conference to play a conference schedule and conduct league championships for fall sports in the Spring of 2021," according to the league's official statement.

12:47 pm, August 3, 2020

College Football Playoff selection committee to reconsider protocols

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college sports news. Here's what you need to know this morning, Monday, August 3:

  • The next major COVID-19-related college sports news could come Tuesday, Aug. 4, when the NCAA Board of Governors meets. The group last met July 24 and, in an official statement from NCAA President Mark Emmert, said the NCAA would "continue to thoughtfully and aggressively monitor health conditions around the country." Emmert said, "it is clear that the format of our championships will have to change if they are to be conducted in a safe and fair manner ... We will continue our discussions in August.”  That's expected to happen Tuesday.
  • The College Football Playoff selection committee is "evaluating a new timetable for its selection committee meetings, and it will reconsider its protocols for the 2020 season," according to ESPN. CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock told ESPN, "Since there won't be as many non-conference games as normal, certain tools used by the committee, such as head-to-head results and results against common opponents, will have limitations this year. Evaluating strength of schedule will also be different."
  • The biggest news late in last week came when the SEC announced Thursday afternoon that it will hold a 10-game conference football schedule this fall, if possible. The first games will be played Saturday, Sept. 26, and each school will have one mid-season open date, as well as Dec. 12 as an open date.
  • The ACC announced July 29 that Notre Dame will play a 10-game conference schedule with the ACC during the 2020 season and the Fighting Irish will be eligible for the 2020 ACC Championship Game.
  • The Pac-12 announced its 10-game, conference-only schedule on Friday. Each team will play five home and five road games, and games that are unable to be played on their scheduled date can be made up in their bye weeks or in Week 12 (December 12), with the Pac-12 Championship Game schedule for Dec. 18 or 19. For men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's and women's cross country, competition will begin no earlier than the weekend of Sept. 26. The first allowed date for practice is Aug. 15. These sports will also have conference-only competition.
8:01 pm, July 31, 2020

Pac-12 announces 2020 football schedule, fall sports plans

The Pac-12 announced on Friday, July 31 its 2020 football schedule and its plans for the other fall sports.

The football season will be made up of 10 conference-only games and will start on Sept. 26. Other football schedule notes, per the Pac-12:

  • Each team will play five home and five road games
  • Games that are unable to be played on their scheduled date can be made up in their bye weeks or in Week 12 (December 12), with the Pac-12 Championship Game schedule for Dec. 18 or 19
  • The Pac-12 Championship Game will be held in a home-hosted model for 2020. Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will begin its two-year run as title game host in 2021.

For men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's and women's cross country, competition will begin no earlier than the weekend of Sept. 26. The first allowed date for practice is Aug. 15. These sports will also have conference-only competition.

12:30 pm, July 31, 2020

Here is what's happening today

We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college sports news. Here's what you need to know this weekend.

  • The next major COVID-19-related college sports news could come Tuesday, Aug. 4, when the NCAA Board of Governors meets. The group last met July 24 and, in an official statement from NCAA President Mark Emmert, said the NCAA would "continue to thoughtfully and aggressively monitor health conditions around the country." Emmert said "it is clear that the format of our championships will have to change if they are to be conducted in a safe and fair manner ... We will continue our discussions in August.”  That's expected to happen Tuesday.
  • The College Football Playoff selection committee is "evaluating a new timetable for its selection committee meetings, and it will reconsider its protocols for the 2020 season," according to ESPN. CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock told ESPN, "Since there won't be as many nonconference games as normal, certain tools used by the committee, such as head-to-head results and results against common opponents, will have limitations this year. Evaluating strength of schedule will also be different."
  • The biggest news late in the week came when the SEC announced Thursday afternoon that it will hold a 10-game conference football schedule this fall, if possible. The first games will be played Saturday, Sept. 26, and each school will have one mid-season open date, as well as Dec. 12 as an open date.
  • Georgia Tech announced that its home football game against Notre Dame this fall will be played at the school's on-campus Bobby Dodd Stadium, rather than Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
  • Several outlets are reporting that the Alabama-USC matchup at AT&T Stadium has officially been canceled. The Pac-12 announced earlier this summer that it would play only conference games for most fall sports.
  • The ACC announced July 29 that Notre Dame will play a 10-game conference schedule with the ACC during the 2020 season and the Fighting Irish will be eligible for the 2020 ACC Championship Game.
8:53 pm, July 30, 2020

SEC announces 10-game conference football schedule

The SEC announced Thursday afternoon that it will hold a 10-game conference schedule this fall.

Here's everything you need to know:

  • The first games will be played Saturday, Sept. 26.
  • This 10-game plan is an increase from the usual eight conference games for each team
  • Each school will have one mid-season open date, as well as Dec. 12 as an open date.
  • The SEC Championship Game will be played Dec. 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
  • The conference-only schedule will allow the SEC to be more flexible if any adjustments need to be made

A revised 2020 SEC schedule will be released by the conference at a later date.

"This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational goals of our universities to allow for the safe and orderly return to campus of their student populations and to provide a healthy learning environment during these unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 virus," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in the announcement. "This new schedule supports the safety measures that are being taken by each of our institutions to ensure the health of our campus communities."

The statement also said the new schedule and start date will help the conference look at health trends and developments, including:

  • Trends in public health indicators throughout the SEC's 11-state footprint, including positive cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations and recovery statistics
  • State, local and campus heath directives, including restrictions on gatherings, isolation requirements for travelers, and other health and travel restrictions
  • Continued development of risk mitigation strategies 
  • Continued advancement in COVID-19 testing reliability and availability
  • Continued evolution of time-based strategies for resuming activities after positive test results, including contact tracing, isolation and quarantine requirements
  • Observation of successes and challenges presented by return to competition in other sports

The SEC also announced in July that men's and women's cross country, soccer and volleyball would be postponed through at least August 31. Start dates and schedules for those sports will be announced later.

8:12 pm, July 30, 2020

Georgia Tech vs. Notre Dame football game moved to Bobby Dodd

Georgia Tech announced that its home football game against Notre Dame this fall will be played at the school's on-campus Bobby Dodd Stadium, rather than Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The news release also stated, "In addition to announcing that this season’s Georgia Tech-Notre Dame game would be played at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Georgia Tech and AMBSE also announced that its original five-year series for the Yellow Jackets to host one game annually at Mercedes-Benz Stadium from 2020-24 has been extended to six years. The Jackets will now host one game per season at MBS each year from 2021 through 2026."

Several outlets are reporting that the Alabama-USC matchup at AT&T Stadium has officially been canceled. The Pac-12 announced earlier this summer that it would play only conference games for most fall sports.

6:27 pm, July 30, 2020

Here's what you need to know Thursday afternoon

The NCAA announced Thursday that student-athletes in all sports will be allowed to wear patches on their uniforms for commemorative and memorial purposes, as well as to support social justice issues. Here's more on the patches:

  • The patch on the front, which most sports already allowed, can be a commemorative/memorial patch (names, mascots, nicknames, logos and marks) intended to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes.
  • The patch can't be bigger than 2¼ square inches and it has to be on the front or sleeve of the uniform. While not all team members are required to wear the patch, they must be identical for those who choose to wear them.
  • The second location is on the back of the uniform where the player name is traditionally located and will allow names/words intended to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes. The names or words may vary by team member.

Other updates from the NCAA include:

  • The football sideline area has been expanded from between the 25-yard lines to between the 15-yard lines.
  • The pregame coin toss before football games will be limited to two officials and one captain from each team.
  • In men’s and women’s soccer, players ejected for spitting at an opponent will have to serve a two-game penalty. The current rule called for an ejection and a one-game suspension.
  • In women’s volleyball, the teams will remain on the same bench during the entire match rather than switch benches after each set.
12:16 pm, July 30, 2020

Here's what's happening Thursday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college sports news. Here's what you need to know this morning, Thursday, July 30:

  • The ACC announced Wednesday afternoon all seven of its sponsored fall sports will begin competition during the week of Sept. 7-12 if "public health guidance allows."
  • ACC Olympic sports can begin competition on Thursday, Sept. 10, and team sports will play a conference schedule that meets the minimum number of required games.
  • The ACC's football teams will also begin the week of Sept. 7-12, with teams playing an 11-game schedule (10 conference games, one non-conference game). The 11 games will be spread out over a period of at least 13 weeks.
  • "All non-conference game opponents, selected by the respective school, must be played in the home state of the ACC institution, and all non-conference opponents must meet the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC," according to the news release.
  • Notre Dame will also play a 10-game ACC conference schedule and will be eligible for the ACC Championship Game (held on either Dec. 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina). The ACC title game will feature the top two teams based on the highest conference-game winning percentage.
  • The Big West Conference announced Wednesday afternoon that fall sports will be postponed through the end of the calendar year. Big West men's and women's basketball aren't impacted by the decision.
9:03 pm, July 29, 2020

Notre Dame football is eligible for the 2020 ACC Championship Game

The ACC announced July 29 that Notre Dame will play a 10-game conference schedule with the ACC during the 2020 season and the Fighting Irish will be eligible for the 2020 ACC Championship Game. The conference's first games will take place the week of Sept. 7-12 as part of an 11-game schedule with 10 conference games and one non-conference game.

The complete list of home and away games is available here, although the conference's week-by-week schedule and TV selections will be released at a later date.

Here are some other important details:

  • Every ACC team will have two open dates over the course of a regular-season schedule that's at least 13 weeks.
  • "All non-conference game opponents, selected by the respective school, must be played in the home state of the ACC institution, and all non-conference opponents must meet the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC," according to the news release.
  • There will only be one ACC division during the 2020 season, and all television revenue for the season, including Notre Dame's home games that are broadcast by NBC, will be shared equally among the 15 schools.
  • The 2020 ACC Championship Game will be held on Dec. 12 or Dec. 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will feature the top two teams based upon highest conference-game winning percentage.
  • Every team will be part of the ACC bowl selection process and if Notre Dame wins the ACC Championship Game, the Fighting Irish will be eligible for the Orange Bowl, if not selected as a College Football Playoff semifinal team, according to the release.
8:40 pm, July 29, 2020

ACC announces fall sports competition could begin week of Sept. 7

Notable fall sports news broke late in the afternoon in the Eastern Time Zone Wednesday as the ACC announced all seven of its sponsored fall sports will begin competition during the week of Sept. 7-12 if "public health guidance allows." Olympic sports can begin competition on Thursday, Sept. 10, and team sports will play a conference schedule that meets the minimum number of required games:

  • Field hockey (6)
  • Women’s soccer (6)
  • Men’s soccer (6)
  • Volleyball (10)

ACC schools can schedule cross country meets at their own discretion. "Any additional games against conference opponents or non-conference opponents are at the respective school’s discretion and all opponents must meet the ACC’s medical standards," according to the news release, but additional games against ACC opponents would not count in the conference standings.

Football will also begin the week of Sept. 7-12, with teams playing an 11-game schedule (10 conference games, one nonconference game). The 11 games will be spread out over 13 weeks. Notre Dame will also play a 10-game conference schedule and be eligible for the ACC Championship Game (Either Dec. 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina). The ACC title game will feature the top two teams based on the highest conference-game winning percentage.

Here's the schedule of the ACC's fall championships, according to the release:

  • The cross country championships will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on October 30, and include all fifteen member schools.
  • The field hockey championship will be held at Duke University on November 5, 6 and 8.
  • The women’s soccer championship will include the top four teams and be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on November 6 and 8, as previously announced.
  • The men’s soccer championship will include the top four teams and be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on November 13 and 15.
  • The football championship will have the top two teams based upon the highest conference-game winning percentage play on Dec. 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
7:27 pm, July 29, 2020

The Big West announces fall sports postponed through calendar year

The Big West Conference announced Wednesday afternoon that fall sports will be postponed through the end of the calendar year. "The postponement of competition in conference-sponsored fall sports includes men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball," according to the news release. "The fall competitive schedules for men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s tennis, and women’s tennis will also be postponed, as well as fall competition for sports in their non-traditional segment."

Big West men's and women's basketball aren't impacted by the decision.

6:40 pm, July 29, 2020

Here's what you need to know Wednesday afternoon

While the NCAA fall sports scheduling news has slowed on Wednesday, compared to the numerous updates on both Monday and Tuesday, here's a quick round-up of conference announcements from earlier in the week and month, which are worth noting.

1:01 pm, July 29, 2020

Here's what's happening Wednesday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college sports news. Here's what you need to know this morning, Wednesday, July 29:

7:01 pm, July 28, 2020

New Jersey Athletic Conference (DIII) suspends fall sports

The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that it would suspend all competition and championships for the 2020 fall season.

"The NJAC will pursue every avenue within the NCAA governance structure to explore the provision of a competitive season for the fall sport student-athletes during the spring 2021 semester and allow them to engage in practice and training opportunities during the fall 2020 semester," according to the league's official statement.

5:24 pm, July 28, 2020

USA South Athletic Conference (DIII) postpones fall athletic competition

USA South Athletic Conference (DIII) announced Tuesday that it would be postponing fall sports conference competition until the spring 2021 semester, following a unanimous vote by the Presidents of the USA South Athletic Conference.

"While our member institutions maintain the freedom to address athletics as they see best on their individual campuses this fall, the NCAA recommendations especially related to testing that came out recently were a real game changer for our 18 conference schools collectively," USA South Commissioner Dr. Tom Hart stated in the release.

4:19 pm, July 28, 2020

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (DII) delays fall competition

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (DII) announced Monday that it would delay the start of fall sports.

Football and cross country can begin practice on September 2 while volleyball and soccer are able to resume on September 8. Updated schedules are available here.

3:12 pm, July 28, 2020

Little East Conference (DIII) suspends fall competition, championships

The Little East Conference (DIII) announced on July 28 that it has suspended regular season competition and championships for the 2020 fall season.

"Each LEC member institution may seek to participate in intercollegiate competition and on-campus training activities if it chooses to do so during the Fall 2020 semester, in accordance with current health and safety guidelines and NCAA Division III rules," according to the league's official statement.

3:06 pm, July 28, 2020

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (DIII)

The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (DIII) announced on July 27 that it has canceled fall athletic competitions and championships for the 2020-21 academic year.

"Institutions will retain the autonomy to establish practice opportunities within the limitations stipulated by the NCAA throughout the 2020-21 academic year," according to the league's official statement. "Determinations with regards to the winter sports season, including the start date and the manner in which competition will be conducted, will be determined at a later date."
 

2:47 pm, July 28, 2020

American Rivers Conference (DIII) announces conference-only fall sports schedules

On Tuesday morning, the American Rivers Conference (DIII) announced it will hold conference-only schedules in fall sports, but that non-conference competition is allowed at the discretion of its member schools.

"Any changes in conference-tournament format will be announced with the revised sports schedules," the news release stated.

1:01 pm, July 28, 2020

Here's what's happening Tuesday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college sports news. Here's what you need to know this morning, Tuesday, July 28:

We'll have you covered for all of the news that happens Tuesday. In the meantime,

  • The NCAA Sport Science Institute released its third installment of return-to-sport recommendations earlier in July. Some of the main takeaways are daily health checks, the appropriate use of face coverings and social distancing, testing and results within 72 hours of competition in high-risk sports, and member schools adhering to the public health standards set by their local communities.
8:31 pm, July 27, 2020

Pioneer Football League (FCS) announces conference-only schedule

The Pioneer Football League (FCS) announced Monday afternoon that its Presidents Council decided its member schools' fall schedules "will not include any non-conference competition and, if conducted, a conference-only schedule will not begin before September 26."

The Pioneer Football League includes Butler, Davidson, Dayton, Drake, Jacksonville, Marist, Morehead State, San Diego, Stetson and Valparaiso.

6:09 pm, July 27, 2020

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) cancels fall sports

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) announced Monday its Council of Presidents decided to cancel fall athletic seasons due to health and safety concerns.

"A decision on whether fall sport competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the presidents at a later date," according to the news release. "Athletically related activities and training opportunities for enrolled student-athletes will be structured in accordance with each institution’s procedures and applicable state regulations."