KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s no surprise that college sports will look different this fall due to COVID-19, but the most recent development in Division II athletics might have some doing a double-take.
Wednesday, the Division II Presidents Council made the decision to cancel all seven fall 2020 championships.
The NCAA said “the operational, logistical and financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic” were factors in the decision, as well as the fact that 11 of 23 Division II conferences said they would not compete in a traditional fall season.
Therefore, the council decided holding fall championships as planned or postponing them “was not feasible… while prioritizing the health and well-being of student-athletes.”
Division II student-athletes will still have the option to participate in the season given their school follows guidelines set forth by the NCAA Board of Governors.
Student-athletes who qualify for a waiver or whose school cancels a sport will be able to extend their 10 semesters/15 quarters eligibility.