Report: NCAA establishes working group to evaluate various challenges during pandemic
The NCAA has been faced with an incredible challenge over the last month, evaluating many different situations and scenarios as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our everyday lives. Though the association has already made several decisions over the last weeks, it will be faced with even more concerns in the coming days, weeks and months.
Now, the association as created a working group specifically to handle the challenges presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic reported that the NCAA has “established an internal COVID-19 Playing and Practice Seasons Working Group to evaluate medical, operational and rules challenges for upcoming seasons of training and competition.” The primary focus, for right now, is the 2020 college football season.
The NCAA has established an internal COVID-19 Playing and Practice Seasons Working group to evaluate medical, operational and rules challenges for upcoming seasons of training and competition, per source. It will primarily focus on football to start.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) April 10, 2020
With spring practices canceled and the possibility of the pandemic encroaching on the traditional start time of summer workouts and fall camp, there’s been some concern about whether or not the 2020 season will start as planned. Evaluating a timeline for return and coming up with alternative options for the season will undoubtedly serve as priorities.
The NCAA, conference commissioners and athletic directors are working on alternate options for potential “worst-case scenarios.” There have already been talks about delaying the season, playing only conference games or moving the entire schedule to the spring months.
All options will be considered, but there’s still a lot of time for decisions to be made.