The past two days were busy for all of us at BC Interruption. It was also a busy couple of days on COVID-19 news in the athletics sphere.
Here is a likely incomplete accounting of all of the conferences and programs that cancelled or postponed fall sports.
The Atlantic 10 Conference announced Friday morning that it was cancelling its fall sports season, including men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country, and volleyball are impacted, while fall schedules for men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and women’s rowing. Non-traditional seasons for spring sports like baseball, softball and women’s lacrosse was also cancelled. The conference is exploring other options including a spring sports season for those programs, or even a so called “look-in” window which would allow for a conference-only schedule in the event the pandemic situation improves.
America East and the Colonial Athletic Association announced that it was postponing its fall sports schedule, with the possibility of a spring sports season for the fall sports programs. This includes local programs like Northeastern, New Hampshire, Vermont and UMass Lowell who join the A-10’s UMass Amherst and the Patriot League’s Boston University as schools that have postponed their fall sports season. At this point, save for UMass Amherst’s independent football program, Boston College is the only Division I school in the Boston area the that hasn’t postponed its fall sports program.
The Southwestern Conference will announce Monday that it is cancelling its fall sports schedule, including football, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported Friday. SWAC officials haven’t commented on the matter.
The Western Athletic Conference postponed of the start of the fall season competition to no earlier than September 10 for women’s soccer and September 16 for volleyball and men’s soccer. The West Coast Conference postponed the start of its season to Sept. 24.
The Big East switched to a conference-only schedule as well for all of its programs. Basketball is not affected at this time.
The MAC delayed its start of the season to Sept. 3. Football was not affected
Meanwhile, Mark Emmert reportedly told the NCAA Council that if the situation does not improve in two weeks, NCAA Fall Championships like FCS Football, soccer, cross country, volleyball and field hockey will be cancelled, according to a report by McMurphy. It should be noted that FBS football does not fall into that category.
There, I think that’s everything? But by the time I post this at 9 AM on Saturday who knows what else will have happened, because at this point it seems like everyone is making moves.