NCAA announced on Wednesday that Division II and Division III would cancel fall championships for 2020, and it would not be feasible to hold the event in the spring.
The announcement comes after the meeting on Tuesday, which allowed each Division to decide the fate of the fall championship for itself. NCAA set a deadline of August 21 for the decision on fall championships, which leaves just over two weeks for Division I to make a call on this fall’s sports.
“Division II’s seven fall 2020 championships are canceled, the Division II Presidents Council decided Wednesday due to the operational, logistical and financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“NCAA Division III championships in fall sports for 2020-21 are canceled. With the health and safety of the division’s student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators and communities as its priority, the Division III Presidents Council made the decision Wednesday to cancel the championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related administrative and financial challenges.”
NCAA also announced that it was not feasible to hold the championships in the spring.
“With the Board of Governors’ directives, the Division II Presidents Council determined that it was not feasible to hold fall championships as planned or to postpone them to the spring while prioritizing the health and well-being of student-athletes.”
The harsh news comes after many conferences in both divisions had already canceled their fall seasons. Some Division I conferences have also been canceled for the fall. However, there were a couple that began training this week.