NCAA pulls plug on Division III fall sports championships
There will be no fall sports championships at the NCAA Division III level in 2020.
On Wednesday, the NCAA announced that fall sports for the 2020-21 academic year have been canceled. There will be no championships this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Recently, the NCAA Board of Governors suggested that each division makes its own decision regarding fall sports this year. The Division III Presidents Council finalized a decision on Wednesday.
“Looking at the health and safety challenges we face this fall during this unprecedented time, we had to make this tough decision to cancel championships for fall sports this academic year in the best interest of our student-athlete and member institutions,” said Tori Murden McClure, chair of the Presidents Council. “Our Championships Committee reviewed the financial and logistical ramifications if Division III fall sports championships were conducted in the spring and found it was logistically untenable and financially prohibitive. Our Management Council reached the same conclusion.”
All other divisions will have until Aug. 21 to make a final decision. If more than 50 percent of teams eligible in a division cancel their season, the NCAA will also cancel the championships.