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NCAA D-III Presidents Council Cancels Fall Sports Championships

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Photo Courtesy: NCAA D-III Twitter

By Matt Noonan 

There will be no fall sports championships for any NCAA D-III member for the upcoming academic year.

In a statement posted (and seen) on the NCAA D-III Twitter handle earlier today, the President’s Council officially put an end to any thought or hope of fall championships due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The announcement follows a previous announcement from the NCAA Board of Governors from earlier today, which “directed each division to make a decision on its fall championships.”

“Looking at the health and safety challenges we face this fall during this unprecedented time, we had to make this tough decision to cancel championships for fall sports this academic year in the best interest of our student-athletes and member institutions,” said Tori Murden McClure, who is the chair of the President’s Council and president at Spalding, in a statement.

McClure did add that the championship committee “reviewed the financial and logistical ramifications” for having fall sports championships moved to next spring, but realized ” it was logistically untenable and financially prohibitive.” This would mean the next time any of us see a D-III football game won’t be until 2021.

As of now, the hope, according to McClure, is to provide both the winter and spring student-athletes with a championship experience that they did not endure earlier this year when both seasons abruptly concluded in mid-March.

No Decision Has Been Made On NCAA Fall Championships

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NCAA Logo (courtesy Wikipedia.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Friday’s highly anticipated meeting between the NCAA Board of Governors ended without a bang.

As of now – today, Saturday, July 25, 2020, to be exact – it appears as if the fall sports championships are still going to happen, but perhaps that decision could change in a few weeks when the board reconvenes for its next meeting on Tuesday, August 4. The NCAA – as many remember – did cancel winter and spring championships in March when states began implementing stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Friday’s decision does provide hope for those seeking to see some college football games played this year. But as many know, many programs and campuses across the country have had to pause workouts due to an uptick in coronavirus cases.

NCAA President Mark Emmert released a statement to the media following yesterday’s meeting, acknowledging that the “health and well-being of college athletes is the highest priority in deciding whether to proceed with our 22 NCAA championships beginning in late November.”

Last month, Mark Emmert expressed concern about the upcoming college sports season on a podcast, but did note the 2020-21 school year is “going to be different.”