The NCAA has shortened the fall championship events – a move on Thursday that does not affect major college football – because not enough schools will compete in sports such as men’s, women’s and women’s volleyball. in the first semester.
NCAA President Mark Emmert made the announcement in a video posted on TwitterBut apparently this came when the conferences canceled the fall sports season because of the coronvirus pandemic.
“That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t and can’t look winter and spring and say, ̵6;How can we make a legitimate championship for those students?’” Emmert said. . “There are many ways to do this. I am confident we can find this out. If schools and conferences want to move forward… do it ”.
Emmert also said NCAA officials have already started working on contingencies for the NCAA basketball leagues, possibly delaying the date and looking for ways to create bubbles so that teams can play.
He said the NCAA would give priority to hosting championships in winter and spring sports because those tournaments – including the lucrative men’s basketball tournament – were canceled when the COVID-19 first started. spike across the United States in March.
The transition to spring sports is still through Board of Division I, which is comprised of representatives from all 32 conferences and approved by the DI Board.
Championship events in all sports could be revised in the future to deal with COVID-19, Emmert said. That could include fewer participating teams at predefined locations and fewer.
The spring calendar has more sports than fall so cramming more sports, including FCS football, creates logistical challenges.
“Will it be normal? Of course not. We’re going to do spring slip sports, ”he said. “Will it create other conflicts and challenges? Of course. But is it possible? Yes. “
Last week, the NCAA Governor’s Council said championships in a sport would be canceled if less than 50% of teams competing in that sport played a regular season.
Divisions II and III almost immediately canceled the fall championship. Division I – comprising 357 schools – was held, but conference after convention canceled their fall, the moment had come.
Waterfalls also include hockey, cross-country and water polo. Schools that have not yet canceled the fall can imagine trying to hold a regular seasonal competition over the next few months.
The top division of the Division I football, the Area Bowl, was not affected. The college football tournament is run by conferences and six of those tournaments are still on track to host a season, including the Southeast Conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12.
Aside from those six conferences, the remainder of the I Division was virtually closed. Whether they will be able to overcome football or any other sport during the pandemic remains to be determined.
Earlier in the day, the NCAA’s medical director and two infectious disease expert advisers warned that the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 across the United States remained a major hurdle. that college sports must pass.
“I feel like the Titanic. We have hit the iceberg, and we are trying to make a decision about when we should play the band, ”said Dr. Carlos Del Rio, deputy executive director at Emory University.
Del Rio, a member of the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory board, appeared with NCAA medical director Dr. Brian Hainline during a webinar hosted by the American Infectious Diseases Association.
“We need to focus on what’s important,” said Del Rio. “The important thing now is that we need to keep this virus under control. For me, without this fall sports, in controlling this virus, will be my number one priority. “
The United States has more than 5 million cases of COVID-19.
Earlier this week, the Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first Power Five conference to decide not to play football, or any other sport this fall. Emmert called it a devastating blow.
The university’s sports managers and coaches have been taking the case of schools providing a structured environment with regular testing and rigorous procedures to help keep athletes safe. than the general population.
Alabama Sports Director Greg Byrne said: “We had some positive tests when our student-athlete returned for the first time. “We have dropped significantly since they were under our umbrella and that’s great. Basically, we have student-athletes under our umbrella. On the college campus where students are going, it’s hard to create a bubble.
Hainline says about 1% -2% of college athletes tested positive for COVID-19 by schools.
Del Rio said the conferences are coming to different decisions not because they have different information, but because they assess risks differently.
“Some conferences will say, we will continue. It’s a very narrow path, hopefully they won’t get infected, and if there’s an infection we’ll be able to detect them, and we’ll be able to stop them and we won’t have an outbreak, “Del Rio said. “But the other conferences say, no. Our level of acceptance is risk-free and therefore we won’t take it. It’s identical data is just viewed in different ways. “
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