“We can’t have a fall NCAA Championships right now,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday via Twitter.
Last week, the NCAA Board of Governors announced that if 50% of eligible teams in a particular sport and a particular division cancel their fall season, there would be no fall NCAA Championship in that sport. .
While the NCAA decision puts all fall sports, including FBS football, into a spin, that doesn’t mean fall sports just won’t happen, Emmert said.
“If schools and conferences want to move forward, try to have it and more than half of them want to do it – and that is surely the indication now – then let’s do it,” he said. he declared. “We can use the fall, like I said, to keep the kids healthy, to keep them engaged with their coaches and sports departments. Focus on their academic success. Work with them and let them practice and stay ready to play, then let’s go compete. at this moment. ”
Emmert mentioned the possibility of using bubble sites – similar to what the WNBA and NBA are currently doing – in an effort to protect players. Still, he said winter and spring sports have the highest priority, as they lost their championships last March.
The NCAA’s decision comes amid dire warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that if recommended coronavirus measures are not followed, the United States risks the worst plunge in public health history.
The virus has infected more than 5.2 million people in the United States and killed more than 166,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. As of Wednesday, 55,910 new cases were reported and 1,499 deaths – the highest number of deaths since May.