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Big East to play conference-only games in the fall

The Big East announced today it will not be playing any non-conference games in the fall.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, six fall sports within the Big East will only play games within the conference, with further conversations to be had regarding the timing of events.

Here was the release from the conference this morning:

  • Due to the unprecedented and continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, BIG EAST fall sports schedules will not include any non-conference competition.
  • No decision is being made at this time regarding BIG EAST fall sports conference competition and championships. In the coming weeks, the BIG EAST will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions across the country and in BIG EAST communities and will provide further updates on dates and formats as appropriate.  All decisions regarding fall conference competition will continue to be guided first and foremost by the health and safety of BIG EAST campuses and their athletics program participants and will be made in accordance with NCAA actions and policies.

The sports affected are: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey.

As of today, the Big East’s plans for the 2020-21 winter and spring sports seasons remain unaffected at this time.

The Big East joins the Big 10 and Pac-12 as conferences to play games only within the conference this fall.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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1 Comment for Big East to play conference-only games in the fall



  1. lexslamman
    5:02 pm July 16, 2020 Permalink

    Just shut sports down if you think the pandemic is such an emergency. It is unconscionable that athletes are getting tests with rapid results while community tests have a lag of a week or more for results. Football and basketball are dumb priorities for testing and treatment resources.