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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."

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."

6:04 pm, July 27, 2020

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (DIII) moves fall sports to the spring

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (DIII) Council of Presidents announced Monday it unanimously voted to move the start of high-contact risk sports, such as football, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball, to the spring.

"Based on their risk classifications as assigned by the NCAA, the HCAC will progress forward with fall seasons in the sports of golf, tennis and cross country," according to the news release. "The Conference will also schedule some competitions for the sports of baseball and softball in the fall that will not count toward league standings."

6:02 pm, July 27, 2020

College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (DIII) postpones fall sports

The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (DIII) announced Monday that the CCIW Council of Presidents (COP) voted unanimously to postpone all fall conference competition and championships.

"Although the DIII Management Council has recommended to the NCAA Board of Governors that they cancel all DIII Fall Championships, the CCIW COP has charged the conference staff with exploring competition opportunities for cross country, football, soccer and volleyball in the spring, while maintaining conference competition for all spring sports including golf and tennis," according to the release. "A decision on a start date for winter sports has not yet been made."

5:36 pm, July 27, 2020

Arizona State swimming and diving to redshirt 2020-21 season

Arizona State head swimming & diving coach Bob Bowman announced on July 26 that the 2020-21 team will redshirt the upcoming season. The full release is available here.

"In March, (Vice President for University Athletics) Ray Anderson challenged all Sun Devil head coaches to find ways to make our programs stronger after the COVID-19 crisis," said Bowman in the release. "This decision clearly accomplishes that goal. It promotes the health and safety of our student-athletes, enhances their educational opportunities and allows time to rebuild and refocus on performing at the highest levels of NCAA competition."

5:15 pm, July 27, 2020

DI Council Coordination Committee announces waiver on minimum contests

The Division I Council Coordination Committee announced Monday that it granted a blanket waiver that reduces by 50% the current legislated minimum number of contests that teams in fall sports other than football must play. The waiver is available for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s water polo and women’s volleyball teams.

The waiver was recommended by the Division I Competition Oversight Committee, which also approved other modifications to parameters surrounding postseason selection requirements for NCAA fall championships.

Oversight committee members agreed to suspend the criterion requiring teams to have at least a .500 record to be considered for at-large selections into a championship field, and a previous Division I Council decision allows conferences to inform sport committees how they will determine their automatic-qualifier representative up to two weeks prior to selections.

The oversight committee also discussed how typical tools and criteria that sport committees used to evaluate teams such as the RPI and NET become less reliable when conferences play league-only schedules. Oversight committee members confirmed that sport committees will likely need to rely more on information provided by conferences this fall to help evaluate teams for at-large selections.

5:09 pm, July 27, 2020

Great Lakes Valley Conference (DII) announces majority of fall athletics season postponed

On Monday afternoon, the Great Lakes Valley Conference (DII) announced the Council of Presidents voted to postpone the majority of the 2020 fall intercollegiate athletics season until the second semester.

According to a news release, "The fall sports of football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball will have regular-season competition and GLVC Championships conducted in the second semester, while the sports of men’s and women’s cross country will still be permitted to compete this fall with the 2020 GLVC Cross Country Championships slated for Oct. 24. Men’s and women’s golf and tennis will also be allowed to compete in their non-championship segments in the fall and continue their season into the spring when their respective championship seasons begin.
 
"In addition, several winter sports are scheduled to begin their 2020-21 seasons as early as September. The sports of women’s bowling, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field will be permitted to compete as scheduled, while the Conference has established Oct. 1 as the deadline to determine the competition start date for the sports of men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling.
 
"Furthermore, the spring sports of baseball and softball will be permitted to have only intrasquad competition on campus in the fall, while men’s and women’s lacrosse will be restricted from all competition until second semester."

“Regrettably, we find ourselves having to make these difficult decisions in July similar to those made in mid-March, regarding the postponement of GLVC competition for football, soccer, and volleyball for the fall semester,” said GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich in the release. “We remain optimistic that we can provide our student-athletes impacted by today’s news with meaningful opportunities to engage with their teammates and coaches throughout the fall semester to prepare for the planned return to competition in the spring. The GLVC and all 15 of our member institutions remain committed to prioritizing the health and welfare for all students, faculty, and staff, as well as, for the citizens that reside in the community that supports each school.”  

3:37 pm, July 27, 2020

Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (DIII) postpones athletics through Dec. 31

Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (DIII) announced Monday that it will postpone fall semester regular-season competition and championship events through Dec. 31, 2020.

"While we recognize this is disappointing news to student-athletes anxious to get on the field, court, or course in the fall, we look forward to providing a meaningful experience for them in the spring," Dr. Eric Fulcomer, NACC CCEO president and president of Rockford University, said in the news release. "We thank our student-athletes and families for their understanding, as well as the shared commitment to meeting the challenges of COVID-19 with the same determined spirit they bring to their respective teams."

The NACC announced it will share additional details, such as potential spring athletic calendars, in the coming weeks.

12:55 pm, July 27, 2020

Here is what's happening this 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, Monday, July 27:

  • The NCAA Board of Governors met Friday and did not make a formal decision on fall sports championships. The Board of Governors next meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 4. You can read NCAA President Mark Emmert's complete statement here.
  • The South Atlantic Conference (DII) and Great American Conference (DII) have delayed the start of the fall sports season to Sept. 26 and Sept. 28, respectively. The Lone Star Conference (DII) delayed the start of practice for fall sports until at least Aug. 24, and competition can't begin earlier than the week of Sept. 21.
  • The Presidents' Athletic Conference (DIII) has postponed fall athletic competitions for "high-contact" and "medium contact" sports, while the Ohio Athletic Conference (DIII) has postponed all sports competition through Dec. 31, and the American Southwest Conference (DIII) has postponed conference-scheduled competition and championship events for fall championship sports.
  • You can watch the latest episode of the NCAA's Social Series on college sports & current events, which titled, "Risk Considerations for Resocialization" with NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline.
  • 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.
2:51 pm, July 25, 2020

Saturday, July 25

Here's what you need to know this morning, Saturday, July 25:

3:28 pm, July 24, 2020

DIII Middle Atlantic Conference suspends competition of fall sports

Division III's Middle Atlantic Conference announced on Friday, July 24 that it will suspend competition for all intercollegiate athletics through the fall semester. The full statement can be read here.

University presidents, athletic directors and the conference's COVID-19 advisory group will continue to evaluate athletics through the 2020-21 year to address the following: 

  • Engaging fall, winter and spring sport student-athletes in the fall term with coaches following all institutional, local and national health and safety guidelines.
  • Shifting fall sport competitive seasons to the spring, insofar as possible.
  • Scheduling winter sports competition beginning in 2021.
  • Implementing league-wide and campus safety measures for practices and competitions when they do occur.
  • Developing league-wide and institutional personal and professional development programming.

"The MAC Presidents are well aware of the important role athletics plays in the lives of student-athletes and are committed to exploring creative approaches and alternatives that will provide future competitive experiences for fall sport student-athletes in the spring semester as circumstances allow." the announcement states.

2:28 pm, July 24, 2020

Friday, July 24

Here's what you need to know this morning, Friday, July 24:

  • The Gulf South Conference announced Thursday its plan to delay fall sports. A specific return date has not yet been finalized, though the conference has determined the date will fall during the last week of September or the first week of October. The GSC will play conference-only schedules in football, volleyball and soccer. 
  • The Sun Belt Conference also announced that it will delay fall sports. The first permissible date of competition is set for Sept. 3. Rescheduling competition will be determined by each individual member of the Sun Belt.
8:57 pm, July 23, 2020

DII Gulf South Conference to delay start of fall sports

Division II's Gulf South Conference announced on Thursday, July 23 that it will delay the start of fall sports to either the last week of September or the first week of October. The full statement can be read here.

"Administrators from across the league will jointly work on a schedule that fits the timeline for competition in an effort to provide a meaningful fall competition season for conference members. To accommodate this new schedule, soccer, volleyball, and football will exclusively play against conference opponents," the announcement states.

4:19 pm, July 23, 2020

Thursday, July 23

Here's what you need to know this morning, Thursday, July 23:

 

6:23 pm, July 21, 2020

SWAC fall sports announcement

Alcorn State football won the 2019 SWAC title Alcorn State won the 2019 SWAC title.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has postponed fall sports because of COVID-19. The fall sports include football, men's cross country, women's cross country, women's soccer and women's volleyball.

However, the SWAC has already started planning on holding fall sports during the 2021 spring semester. For football, the plan involves a seven-game conference schedule season that begins with an eight-week training period starting January 2021. Teams will play six conference games and have an option to play one non-conference game.

The SWAC statement can be read in full here.

8:25 pm, July 22, 2020

Big South to start fall sports on Sept. 3

The Big South announced on Wednesday, July 22 that it will start fall sports on Thursday, Sept. 3 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full statement can be read here.

The new starting date includes exhibition and games for men's and women's soccer, volleyball and men's and women's cross country. The new start date coincides with the beginning of the football season (Sept. 3).

"The decision was made by the league’s Executive Committee in consultation with the Big South Council of Athletics Directors, Chief Executive Officers and medical professionals, and provides each member institution the opportunity to further focus on return to competition protocols and necessary resources to facilitate the resocialization process, while maintaining competitive opportunities for its student-athletes this fall," the announcement states.

4:21 pm, July 21, 2020

NCAA issues next set of return-to-sport guidelines

The NCAA Sport Science Institute has announced updated guidelines and recommendations to protect student-athletes and prevent community spread of COVID-19.

Here are some of the guidelines:

  • Daily self-health checks.
  • The appropriate use of face coverings and social distancing during training, competition and outside of athletics.
  • Testing strategies for all athletics activities, including pre-season, regular season and post-season.
  • Testing and results within 72 hours of competition in high contact risk sports.
  • Member schools must adhere to public health standards set by their local communities.

Click or tap here for more information about the NCAA's guidelines.

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.