NCAA President Mark Emmert Is Concerned About Fall Sports


NCAA President Mark Emmert said no games will be played this fall without students back on campus. (PHOTO COURTESY: Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)

By Matt Noonan

As we continue to inch closer toward a brand new college sports season, specifically college football, there seems to be some concern from NCAA President Mark Emmert regarding what various seasons will look like this fall during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

In a recent podcast appearance on The Comeback: COVID-19 and the Return of Sports from The Athletic, Emmert told host Seth Davis that the current situation is “very, very fluid,” and that whatever happens with fall sports will certainly be different than prior years.

“What we do know for sure is whatever occurs it’s going to be different,” said Emmert, who previously stated during an NCAA Social Series last month on Twitter that college athletics could not occur if students were not on campus.

As for what the upcoming football season looks like, including here in New England, Emmert told Davis that it won’t be what “we’re custom to seeing it year in and year out.”

Earlier this week, we learned Bowdoin College would not be playing football this fall – maybe this spring? – while Morehouse College announced today that its cross country nor football teams would not be competing for Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) championships this fall. 

The Patriot League announced its plans for the upcoming fall sports season on Monday, which included guidelines for its seven members that play football. Teams will not be allowed to fly to away games while the league stated that “with rare exceptions, the regular-season competition will exclude overnight travel.” 

Holy Cross, which captured the Patriot League crown last fall with a 24-0 victory over Georgetown University, shouldn’t have to fly too many games this fall as eight of its current contests, including three conference matchups, are scheduled to take place in either Massachusetts or Connecticut. However, the Crusaders’ season-opener against Merrimack College on Thursday, September 3 could be canceled due to the league not allowing its members to compete against non-conference foes until Friday, September 4. 

As of today, we are 10 weeks away from the first official weekend of college football in New England as well as 69 days away from watching a slew of teams kick-off their respective campaigns on Thursday, September 3, including Bentley University, University of Connecticut and University of Massachusetts Amherst

Will games begin on time or be pushed back to later in September? Could we see games moved to October, November, or even December? What about pushing back the season until next spring? 

No matter what, Emmert knows the upcoming college sports season will look so much different than it has previously and may only feature conference or in-state contests along with a slew of regional games.

“Nobody can predict anything with certainty and so therefore you shouldn’t rule anything out,” said Emmert. 

“I certainly think that sitting here today that there will be football in the fall. I think it will be different in many respects whether it’s the audiences in attendance or not in attendance, whether it’s the nature of the schedule, whether it’s the length of the season – you know, all of those things will be different and certainly the protocol and the way the games are played and the healthcare that surrounding that has got to be different.” 

Daily Noontime: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020


By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Thursday – it is also the second day of April, which is somewhat exciting, right?

Sadly, today will be an indoor day due to the rain, but we must ALL stay indoors as much as possible to continue to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Let’s brighten the day (and everyone’s mood) with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – have a wonderful day, everyone!

Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 

Noontime’s Latest Post: I wrote a column – well, more a commentary piece on whether the NFL should or should not press the pause button after the NFL Draft. I also shared some thoughts on video, too. 

On this Date in History 

  • 1931: Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year old girl, struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition baseball contest at Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • 1984: John Thompson leads Georgetown University to an 84-75 win over Houston in the NCAA Championship game. Thompson becomes the first African-American coach to win a collegiate championship.
  • 2001: New York Yankees pitcher (and former Boston Red Sox hurler, too) Roger Clemens becomes the American League, all-time strikeout leader, recording his 3,509th strikeout in a 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Mass. College Lax: Afternoon Roundup

Taylor Zebrowski recorded a game-best five tallies that helped the Crusaders get past Lafayette! (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)

Taylor Zebrowski recorded a game-best five tallies that helped the Crusaders get past Lafayette! (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)


A variety of lacrosse games occurred this afternoon and below are their summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse: 

Bucknell University 7, UMass 4 – Kyle Smith netted a hat trick Zach Oliveri recorded 13 saves, but that wasn’t enough for the Minutemen, who dropped their third straight to the Bison in Pennsylvania.

Harvard 8, Georgetown University 6 – Peter Schwartz‘s fourth quarter strike secured the Crimson their second win of the season. Schwartz and Carl Zimmerman finished with two goals, respectively, while Harry Krieger turned away 12 of 18 shots between the pipes.

Colgate University 14, Holy Cross 6 – The Raiders padded their four-goal lead at the break with five tallies in the third as Colgate defeated Holy Cross in their Patriot League opener. Clay Haarmann and John Hannan each recorded two goals in the setback.

Limestone 13, Merrimack College 10 – Greg MeLaugh recorded four goals, Corey Lunney finished with a hat trick, but that wasn’t enough as the Warriors fell in their opener to the Saints in Baltimore.

Roger Williams 9, Wheaton College 8 – Alex Keiver‘s first collegiate hat trick wasn’t enough to lift the Lyons past the Hawks as Roger Williams handed Wheaton its third loss of the season.  

Colby College 11, Amherst College 10 (OT) – Chip Grossman forced overtime with a strike with 1:02 remaining in the fourth before he connected with Ian Deveau for the game-winner in overtime as the Mules defeated the Lord Jeffs in their season-opener.

Hamilton College 10, Tufts University 9 – Down four with 13:20 remaining the Jumbos attempted to rally, but came up short as the Continentals departed Medford with a one-goal victory. Tufts’ Chris Sawyer, Connor Bilby and Ben Saperstein each registered one goal during the final frame.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Holy Cross 20, Lafayette 10 – Taylor Zebrowski recorded a game-high 5 goals, Maddie Carrellas netted four goals and the Crusaders improved to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot League.

Hamilton College 11, Tufts University 7 – Caroline Ross recorded her first collegiate hat trick, while four other Jumbos recorded one tally in the team’s first setback of the season.

Trinity College 17, Babson College 6 – The Bantams raced out to an 8-2 advantage and never looked back as they defeated the Beavers in their season-opener. Babson’s Misha Beatty recorded her first hat trick of the season, while Rachel Secrist finished the contest with two tallies.

Colby College 10, Amherst College 7 – Priscilla Tyler connected on all four of her shots, but that wasn’t enough for the Lord Jeffs as the Mules handed Amherst its first setback of the season.

BU To Join Patriot League Starting In 2013-14


As noted in a press release on Friday, Boston University has accepted an invitation to join the Patriot League on July 1, 2013 for the ’13-’14 season.

The Terriers will join American University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, The College of Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy as full-time members in the league. They’ll also be joined by Fordham University and Georgetown University during football season, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in women’s rowing.

“I am delighted to welcome Boston University to the Patriot League,” Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich said in the press release. “Boston University has a strong tradition of excellence in academics and Division I athletics, both of which reflect the core values of the Patriot League. They will strengthen the League both in the classroom and on the field of play.”

For more information the accepted invitation — CLICK HERE to read the press release courtesy of Boston University Athletics.

Daily Noontime – February 1, 2011

Whoa, it’s February already? Wow! Happy February to everyone and welcome to the Daily Noontime on a Tuesday. We have your headlines, news and video of the day, but also, be safe to all of our readers because America is getting slammed by more winter storms, good grief! Enjoy and as always, be good!


* Believe is or not, but Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger can be compared to New England Patriots gun-slinger, Tom Brady.

* Apparently Dallas, Texas is dealing with some awful weather, low 20’s! Well, despite the fact that both Green Bay and Pittsburgh come from cold climates, I guess they could deal with it, right?

* Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back, Troy Polamalu earned the AP Defensive Player of the year award and “edged out” Clay Matthews from the Green Bay Packers.

* #21 Georgetown University defeated a Big East foe on Monday, #23 Louisville in what seemed to be a classic NCAA Basketball game.

* A county in Pennsylvania plans to change their name to “Black and Gold County” due to the Pittsburgh Steelers being in the Super Bowl.

* Could the Los Angles Lakers really be considering making either a regular or “blockbuster” trade? Could happen and that is according to their general manager, Mitch Kupchak.

* There are a lot of bad NBA teams apparently this season, but maybe not so much, but what team as hopefully a better future in place or even, better days ahead?

Games to Watch:

* Boston at Carolina (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Chicago at Columbus (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Pittsburgh at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* San Antonio at Portland (NBA) – 10:00pm eastern

* Houston at Los Angles Lakers (NBA) – 10:00pm eastern

Video of the Day:

So what happens when the guy who played Mark Zuckerberg meets the real one?