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Big South Conference postpones fall conference sports

Another conference is pulling the plug on fall sports this year.

This morning, the Big South Conference announced it is postponing its fall conference sports and moving to the spring.

In the announcement, though, Big South football members voted to allow up to four non-conference games in the fall at institutional discretion.

“With the health and well-being of its student-athletes as its top priority, the Big South Conference announced today it is delaying its fall sports seasons with the intent of playing in the spring,” the conference announced. “This includes the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. Additionally, fall competitions in the sports of men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis, and out of season competitions in spring sports have been suspended as well.

“The Big South Football Members voted to allow up to four non-conference games in the fall at institutional discretion.”

“We are all broken-hearted that we will not be able to provide competitive opportunities for Big South student-athletes this fall,” commented Commissioner Kyle Kallander.  “However, the path forward must protect the health and safety of our student-athletes, and some of the current trends and unknowns with COVID-19 have made that a huge challenge.  Our intention is to shift these fall seasons to the spring as we would like nothing more than to crown Big South champions in all 19 of our sports this year.”

“Big South member institutions may continue with permissible athletics activities, as defined by NCAA regulations and with the exception of fall sport competition, at their own discretion and in accordance with applicable local and state regulations and procedures.”

While Big South schools will be allowed to play four non-conference football games at institutional discretion, the Big Ten, Pac-12, Ivy League, MAC, and Mountain West Conference, along with individual programs such as UCONN and Old Dominion have all either canceled or postponed the fall 2020 football season.

Meanwhile, the SEC, ACC, Big 12, AAC, Conference USA, and Sun Belt Conference are all currently moving forward with the fall season as planned.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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2 Comments for Big South Conference postpones fall conference sports

  1. kjd
    12:23 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Somebody explain the logic in this decision to postpone until the spring. College athletics cancelled all 2020 spring sports. What will be different about spring 2021?

  2. Lip Man 1
    1:20 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    kjd: It allows more time to potentially develop a vaccine as well as allowing the schools more time to monitor the situations in their own states.They aren’t painting themselves into a corner like (for now) the SEC, ACC and Big-12.

    How do you think everyone will react if those leagues start play then have to cancel three weeks in?

    Those that have postponed feel it is better to wait and see how things go.

    What I don’t get is that conference allowing teams to try to play non-conference in the fall, then they are supposed to take off for three months or so, then start up again. Makes no sense…and you can’t keep players in daily practices over all that time.

    What that league is saying by doing so, “We need the money, please schedule some big payout contests to help”

    But the reality is even though leagues still trying to play have to do it without fans, and they aren’t going to pay 500, 000 to have a patsy come in for a win. Plus many of the leagues that could afford to do that if they wanted to are under orders not to schedule or play non-conference games.

    The entire situation is a complete cluster****, like the country itself.