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.
The Best Is (Still) Ahead.— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) August 13, 2020
We’ll be back. pic.twitter.com/e4Jk8xwtIg
Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley spoke with media virtually Thursday.
Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley just told media he believes playing a spring and fall season in the same calendar year is possible.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) August 13, 2020
"I feel good about the way the infrastructure looks and I anticipate us being able to pull it off."
Mike Locksley said navigating uncertainty leading up to the Big Ten's decision was tough.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) August 13, 2020
"A lot of the information that was coming out, we weren't necessarily privy to. ... [Players] would be finding things out and seeing things on social media before I even could see it"
Maryland basketball honored legendary head coach Lefty Driesell on Left Hander’s Day.
Basketball Hall of Fame— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) August 13, 2020
2x ACC Coach of the Year
3x ACC Champion
We celebrate Lefty Legend on #LeftHandersDay ✌️ pic.twitter.com/kYNtnDvmVK
Maryland women’s basketball brought us back to the night Shatori Walker-Kimbrough dropped 41 points on Purdue in 2016.
#TBT to when #SWK dropped 41 points at Purdue (2/2/16) @_shatori / #ProTerps pic.twitter.com/6YKNrAhZnK— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@TerpsWBB) August 13, 2020
Former Terp Kaila Charles has begun to thrive with the Connecticut Sun.
@__KC5 pic.twitter.com/PzntQQVXbd— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@TerpsWBB) August 13, 2020