NCAA decides on fall sports competitions by August

The NCAA Board of Governors on Friday avoided making any major decisions about the Fall Sports Championship, stating that discussions would continue in August – a decision that is likely to appeal to FBS conference commissioners and athletic directors, who have At this point there was strong opposition to the cancellation of the championship. In the coronovirus epidemic.

The Board of Governors, consisting primarily of university presidents representing all three divisions, has the right to cancel or postpone the NCAA Fall Championship for sports such as football, women’s volleyball and FCS football. However, regular season games and events are at the discretion of individual schools or their conferences.

In a statement released on Twitter on Friday, NCAA President Mark Emmert said that he and the board will continue to think thoughtfully and aggressively around the country about health conditions and the implementation of the COVID-19 guidelines released last week.

“The health and well-being of college athletes is a top priority in deciding whether to proceed with our 22 NCAA Championships starting late in November,” he said. “We all remain deeply concerned about the transition trend lines we see. It is clear that the format of our championships will have to change if they are to be held in a safe and fair manner.”

Although the potential impact of canceling the NCAA Fall Sports Championship does not directly impact the College Football Playoff or FBS college football season, decision-makers in the game are concerned about the trickle-down effect that the decision ultimately brings to big-time college football will be on. .

On July 21, a letter addressed to the NCAA Board of Governors and shared with ESPN on Wednesday, Football Oversight Committee Chairman Shane Lyons told the board not to make an immediate decision “to continue evaluating feasibility at conferences and schools” Have enough latitude. It falls when playing football. “

Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth Debuke, president of the College Commissioners Association, said 27 of the 32 Division I conferences included groups that sent a letter to the NCAA’s Board of Governors asking them to be patient in the decision-making process had gone. .

Lyons, West Virginia’s athletic director, told ESPN on Friday that he considered the board’s approach to good news.

“Clearly we appreciate considering the matter and making any decision at this time,” Lyons said. “This gives us more time to continue to look at virus trends and make decisions in the coming weeks.”

The board of governors is expected to meet again on August 4, but Lyons said the date – less than two weeks – is still too early to make a determination on the Gir Championship.

“Right now the letter will also stand on August 4,” he said. “I still think the time of early August has not yet come to call, which is going to affect anything coming in November, December for the Fall Championship, which is the FBS Football and Bowl games and The regular season can be far-reaching. Time is an asset, and we need to take advantage of that and not be quick to make any decisions until we need more and keep moving forward. “