On Wednesday, an Ivy League athlete anonymously confirmed that the schools will not have sports this fall amid growing COVID-19 concerns.
The athlete’s announcement was made anonymously as they understand the sensitivity of the information considering it was first shared privately with team members earlier in the week.
It is possible that a formal announcement could be made post-publishing, as Ivy League officials held several meetings on Wednesday. CBS Sports was the first to make the official report earlier in the day.
The decision would affect football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, and women’s field hockey and volleyball. The league will not have winter sports taking place before January 1. This would, ultimately, include men’s and women’s basketball and hockey.
It is clear that as of now the decision only affects Ivy League schools, but there is a chance other major conferences could follow suit which has happened before. In March, the Ivy League decided to cancel its basketball tournaments, and not long after, other leagues did the same.
There have been several signs pointing toward this decision as it was already announced that Harvard and Princeton would only be providing online classes for the upcoming semester. Harvard also announced they would only open campus to housing students at 40% capacity.
Although strange, it is possible that fall sports will be considered for play in the spring. A decision like this has not been made as of yet.
Ivy League football teams do not participate in the NCAA playoffs, but do compete at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. This leaves open many possibilities for this unlikely year of college sports.
NCAA championships in 2020 are off the table for fall sports other than football, but league-wide competition could be reconsidered once campuses reopen.
How It Impacts Non-Ivy Teams
In the FCS, the Patriot League faces a severe impact by the Ivy League’s decision to stop fall sports.
Out of only 24 non-league games the Ivy was scheduled to play, 13 of them were scheduled toward Patriot League opponents.
Bucknell and Holy Cross are among the universities most heavily impacted by the Ivies’ choice to not participate.
Universities around the country are adamantly waiting for COVID-19 cases to decrease and are continuing to improve on safety measures for their students and in this case, student-athletes.