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MM 8.14: NCAA President Mark Emmert announces no fall championships in 2020, endorses bubble

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

2020 NCAA Division I Football Championship Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Thursday that no Division I fall sports championships will take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More FCS football conferences cancelled their fall seasons Thursday, which brought the number of schools choosing not to compete over 50 percent and forced the NCAA to cancel championships in all sports.

Though the FBS is not be affected, the FCS, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s volleyball and men’s water polo will not participate in fall championships.

Emmert also expressed support for potentially using bubbles for championships in 2021, saying that it is “perfectly viable in many sports.” He acknowledged that this would be far different than normal, but the circumstances might call for it.

Winter and spring sports championships, including men’s and women’s basketball, would likely be held on the same schedule they would typically, though the pandemic will ultimately dictate the schedule, Emmert said.

In other news

Maryland football reminded fans that the despite the fall season being cancelled, the Terps will be back on the gridiron soon.

Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley spoke with media virtually Thursday.

Maryland basketball honored legendary head coach Lefty Driesell on Left Hander’s Day.

Maryland women’s basketball brought us back to the night Shatori Walker-Kimbrough dropped 41 points on Purdue in 2016.

Former Terp Kaila Charles has begun to thrive with the Connecticut Sun.