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Detroit Free Press
The Mid-American Conference brings radical changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, conference tournaments for eight sports will be eliminated, while men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and seven other sports will undergo adjustments after the seasons, MAC announced on Tuesday.
Baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s field hockey and women’s lacrosse will send their regular season winners to NCAA tournaments.
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Nine other sports – including basketball – will feature shortened post-season tournaments in the 12-team conference.
“There will be alternating formats for nine other championships – volleyball (four teams), men’s basketball (eight teams), women’s basketball (eight teams), men’s swimming and diving (three days), swimming and women’s diving (three days), men’s indoor and outdoor athletics (two days), women’s indoor and outdoor athletics (two days), men’s golf (two days) and women’s golf (two days), “the conference said the statement.
Only the top eight teams will compete in the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland. The conference will also drop the divisions for the regular season and extend the schedule from 18 to 20 games.
Baseball and softball will play schedules of 30 games in the regular season.
The plan covers four years and will be assessed as the economic impact of the coronavirus progresses. Additional cuts will be made to the overall post-season budget.
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On March 12, the MAC canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in Cleveland. Later in the day, the conference brought together all of the remaining training and sports competitions for winter and spring sports.
Football will not be affected by the changes.
Evan Petzold is a sports reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.