NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday there will be no fall NCAA championships because there aren’t enough participating schools because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – a decision that affects 22 championships, including the ball FCS stone.
“The board of governors is also established that if you don’t have half of the schools playing a sport, you can’t have a legal championship,” Emmert said in a video posted on NCAA’s Twitter feed. “We can’t participate in any Division I NCAA championship sport right now – it’s everything other than FBS football that takes place in the fall. Sadly, tragically, it will be the school. This fall, stop completely. “
School numbers fell below 50% on Wednesday when Big East announced it would not host fall sports.
West Virginia sporting director Shane Lyons, chairman of the NCAA Football Supervision Commission, said: “Now I̵7;m not sure it affects what we’re doing in football that we continue. forward. “Just because there is no final championship doesn’t mean the entire fall is ruined for the student-athletes.”
Lyons said some FCS schools still plan to host non-convention soccer games, but unlike at FBS, where the national champion is determined through the College Football Playoff, the FCS soccer tournament will There is no championship sponsored by the NCAA. When asked about the optics of that difference, Lyons noted Big 12’s plan to test its athletes three times a week – on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
“There’s always been an optical problem, but from our conference, when we do this we have added a few additional layers of testing as part of our request,” he said. . “And that doesn’t just apply to football, it applies to all of our fall sports. … Are we still going to do other sports in the fall? I don’t? have that answer. Like a conference, we haven’t discussed it yet. “
Emmert said fall sports should still move into winter and spring and strive to create a legitimate championship for all of those students.
“My staff worked hard and talked to a lot of commissioners – all of them, 32 in DI, and there are ways to do this,” he said. “I’m confident we can figure this out. If schools and conferences want to move forward, go ahead and get it and more than half of them want to do it – and that’s it. For sure the sign right now – let’s do It We can use the fall and keep the kids healthy, helping them bond with their coach and their sports. Work with them and let them practice and be ready to play, then let’s go play that time. “