The clock is ticking when it comes to decisions on college football this fall and now it’s almost certain that at least one Division I conference will defer to the spring.
The Athletic is reporting that the Ivy League is expected to vote Wednesday to move all fall sports, including football, to the spring. Keep in mind that the Ivy League was the first conference to cancel its basketball tournament at the start of the pandemic. Additionally, Harvard announced this morning it will only allow 40% of undergraduates on campus this fall, with all instruction taking place online. Ridiculously, undergraduate tuition — $49,653 without room, board, or fees — will remain the same.
How will the Ivy League’s decision impact other conferences? One Power 5 administrator told The Athletic he foresees a domino effect.
“My suspicion is that the majority of presidents in the FBS are uncomfortable with the notion of playing football this fall but for various reasons don’t want to be the first to step out and say that,” the Power 5 administrator told The Athletic. “So, more than anything else, that decision provides the cover they need. I expect it’ll be a big domino.”
With football teams across the country back on campus for voluntary workouts and NCAA-approved activities set to begin on July 13, only time will tell.