The list of conferences and schools deciding to forgo the upcoming fall sports season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic added a few more names to the list with this morning’s announcement from the Patriot League.
According to this morning’s release, the Patriot League’s Council of Presidents has decided its best for its member to not “engage” in any competition this fall, which includes both championship and non-championship contests. A decision on winter and spring sports will be made later this year.
The league will permit its members to hold workouts – conditioning and strength training – and practices, but they must adhere to the health and safety requirements for each sport.
Today’s announcement does, however, exclude two of the league’s members – the United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy – which will be allowed to make its own decisions on their respective sports seasons.
The Patriot League – like most conferences – will explore options to provide its student-athletes that won’t be competing this fall with some opportunities to possibly play in the spring. And that means we could see a small, but limited football season.
Last year, the Holy Cross football team claimed its seventh league crown, as well as the program’s first Patriot League championship since 2009 when they defeated Georgetown University in its season finale.