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NCAA: 'We Cannot, At This Point, Have Fall NCAA Championships'

August 13, 2020
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There will not be NCAA fall championships. NCAA President Mark Emmert shared the news Thursday afternoon, saying “there are not enough schools participating.”

Emmert said that the Board of Governors established that without “at least half of the schools playing a sport, you can’t play a legitimate championship.” That means no Division I sport that happens in the fall, with FBS football as the exception, will have a championship.

The NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship was scheduled to be played in Omaha this December. The announcement on Thursday effectively changes that, but does leave open the possibility that the event could be rescheduled for the spring. That’s what Emmert is hoping for, at least, with previously scheduled fall championships.

“That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t and can’t turn toward winter and spring and say, ‘OK, how can we create a legitimate championship for all those students?’” Emmert said.

He went on to say his staff has been working with all 32 commissioners at the Division I level to make it happen at a later date. It would only take more than half of those schools to be for it, and Emmert said interest indicates that would be possible at this point.

“We can use the fall to keep kids healthy, keep them engaged with their coaches and their athletic departments, focus on their academic success, work and let them practice, stay ready to play,” Emmert said. “And then let’s go compete at that time.”

 
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