NCAA Board of Governors issues statement regarding status of fall sports championships
The NCAA Board of Governors will wait to make a decision on fall sports championships.
NCAA President Mark Emmert released a statement on Friday providing an update on the discussions surrounding the 2020 fall sports season.
“Today the Board of Governors and I agreed that we must continue to thoughtfully and aggressively monitor health conditions around the country and the implementation of the COVID-19 guidelines we issued last week.
“The health and well-being of college athletes is the highest priority in deciding whether to proceed with our 22 NCAA championships beginning in November. We all remain deeply concerned about the infection trend lines we see. It is clear that the format of our championships will have to change if they are to be conducted in a safe and fair manner.
“We discussed other complexities in addition to the health and safety impacts, to include team availability, travel limitations and various local and state restrictions.”
The NCAA does not decide whether the College Football Playoff or college football bowl games are played. The NCAA’s decision, however, will likely impact decisions regarding FBS college football, as noted by the Associated Press:
In major college football, the NCAA has no say: The conferences control the College Football Playoff and the bowls. The NCAA does sponsor playoffs in the second-tier of Division I football (FCS) and in Divisions II and III.
Still, calling off fall championships would send a message the NCAA doesn’t believe the events can be conducted with the best interest of athletes in mind and could call into question why conferences are moving move forward with plans to play football or other sports in the first semester.
The NCAA board is next expected to meet Aug. 4. The SEC has said it will announce a fall sports decision in late July.