No Winter Sports in Ivy League
The Ivy League has announced that it will be canceling all winter sports for the 2020-21 season.
Spring sports have also been suspended until the beginning of March, and the league will make a decision about those events at a later date.
The Ivy League Council of Presidents made the ultimate decision, which was announced on Thursday. Fall sports also received some grim news as it was announced that these would not take place during the spring semester.
This announcement from the Ivy League could signal trouble for other conferences throughout the country. The Ivy League was the first to cancel men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in March, and it was the first to postpone all fall competitions.
Not only will basketball be canceled this winter, but wrestling, indoor track and field, and swimming are also affected. It’s unclear if other conferences will follow the lead of the Ivy League this time around, but losing one conference is not a good sign.
Recently coaches and athletic directors in the Ivy League have been working on alternative solutions to conducting a season, including eliminating overnight trips. The Ivy League presidents commended the coaches and ADs for this work, but ultimately they felt that it still wasn’t enough to safely conduct a season.
While other schools or leagues have discussed the option of playing games in a bubble, the Ivy League did not give that a strong consideration. There was also talk of delaying the start of winter sports until the middle of February in hopes of sending a team to the NCAA Tournament.
Eventually, the League Council of Presidents just decided to err on the side of caution and become the first league to cancel the winter season. It’s unclear if any other leagues will follow, but it appears that most of the major conferences are comfortable moving forward with the winter season.
College Football Playoff Delayed?
The 2020 college football season got off to a terrific start, but now the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the cancellation of a number of games each weekend. This has the College Football Playoff Committee exploring numerous options, with one of them being postponing the games.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby confirmed in an interview on Thursday that the committee has discussed moving some games to a later date. There have not been any final decisions made, but it is something that has been discussed.
Other members of the committee have confirmed that most athletic directors want to keep the original schedule and proceed as normal. Most people realize that this will not be a perfect year, and they just want a conclusion to the fall season.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is currently getting hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and there were four games canceled as of Friday morning. The Pac-12 Conference had a game canceled on the first weekend of the season due to COVID-19 concerns.
The first CFP rankings are set to be released on Nov. 24, with the final ranking being announced on Dec. 20.
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