Division III league MIAA announces fall sports will be played
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a conference at the NCAA Division III level, has announced that fall sports will go on in 2020. The MIAA Presidents’ Council has approved a plan for athletics to continue in fall 2020, though there will be some alterations.
Part of those changes is to play primarily conference-only contests during the fall sports season. That will affect cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. Contests will not be permitted until Sept. 19, allowing teams and schools to ensure the health and safety of their student-athletes.
“Our member schools have been working diligently to put together plans to bring students back to campus and athletics are such an important part of the student experience on our campuses,” said MIAA Commissioner Penny Allen-Cook. “A schedule focused primarily on playing conference members will aid in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and provide a quality competitive season for our student-athletes.”
The Sept. 19 start date for competition is a two-week delay to the schedules for the football season. Previously, games were scheduled as early as Sept. 5.
No decision has been made at the Power Five or FBS level regarding fall sports or the football season. It will be interesting if any other conferences — such as the B1G — take after the MIAA.