The Ivy League is putting on hold its fall athletics schedule to combat the current US COVID-19 pandemic, it reported on Wednesday. In a statement, the conference said no athletic events would be held until the end of the fall semester.
CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein confirmed that the conference told all fall varsity teams that it would not consider playing sports until at least Jan. 1 (which also means the start of winter sports seasons such as basketball and hockey will be moved back), although administrators are optimistic that fall sports will begin in spring of 2021.
Ivy League on Hold
The move reflects Harvard ‘s commitment for the whole 2020-21 school year to hold all courses online.
How is that decision going to affect the FBS season in 2020? Sporting News is analyzing the effect on the decision-making process more closely.
When it shut down on March 10, the Ivy League became the first NCAA Division I conference to cancel its basketball tournaments. At the moment the move wasn’t met with overwhelming approval. Nonetheless, Jazz Forward Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 the next week, leading to full-scale sport cancelations over the next week — including men’s and women ‘s basketball competitions from the NCAA.
But, when evaluating the basketball and football choices of the Ivy League, there are two major distinctions to remember.
A conference title was awarded to the Yale men’s basketball team. And the conference would have been included in the NCAA Tournament had it been held. At the other hand, Ivy League football programs have no effect on either the FBS or College Football Playoff. They ‘re playing in the FCS.
The 2020 NCAA men’s tournament was also scheduled to commence on March 17. Just a week after the Ivy League cancelled its post-season basketball meet. The FBS season 2020 is expected to start late August. Although FBS and CFP power brokers that take into account the change from the Ivy League on Wednesday. They still have plenty of time to determine when to start.