Thursday, August 20, 2020

NCAA appears to lean towards postponed season, SEC reviewing impact

If, as the saying goes, “no news is good news” then prepare to for some good news! Seriously though, while there has been no official announcements on what may become of the 2020 season, there are a few things worth noting and they seem to point toward the possibility of a postponed season:

The NCAA previously said that if “50% or more of eligible teams in a particular sport in a division cancel their fall season, there will be no fall NCAA championship in that sport in that division”. Last week, they announced that that threshold had been reached for all fall sports (other than football, whose postseason the NCAA does not control).

Yesterday, the NCAA Division I Council recommended moving all fall championships to the spring.

In that same announcement, they also recommended giving all fall sport student-athletes both an additional year of eligibility and an additional year in which to complete it. Most note-worthy (if I’m reading it right) it would apply regardless of how much competition they may participate in during the fall.

After the fall championship cancellation, the SEC said they would be reviewing the impact with its member schools.

The SEC has released fan health and safety guidelines for the upcoming season. It apparently only applies to football, but there’s a good chance they would also apply to a potential volleyball season as well.

While on that was playing out around the country, classes officially began here at UT yesterday.