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Ivy League cancels fall sports, will reevaluate schedule in January 2021

Photo by Brooks Kraft/Corbis via Getty Images

Photo by Brooks Kraft/Corbis via Getty Images

If there is football in the fall, the Ivy League programs won’t be participating. That goes for the entire slate of fall sports, too. The league has cancelled fall sports for the 2020 season, but there is still a chance these sports could resume in the spring. The conference will reevaluate the possibility of sports on January 1, 2021. The Ivy League becomes the first Division I conference to make such a drastic decision.

CBS Sports’ Job Rothstein reported the news on twitter, writing his sources say “the conference will not entertain any sports being played until after January 1st.” He added an updated timeline for winter sports – likely including basketball – should be available in mid-July. Another CBS Sports insider, Matt Norlander, has been in touch with several Ivy League sources regarding the news.

“Football hasn’t been decided yet if it would be moved to the spring, but logistically, I don’t know how that would work,” an Ivy League source told Norlander. “… You can’t move all the sports to the spring; the logistics don’t work. The soccer field is the lacrosse field. The scheduling would be a nightmare.”

The Athletic’s Dana O’Neil and Nicole Auerbach are also both reporting the possibility of a postponed – not fully cancelled – season, as well as Sports Illustrated’s Mark Blaudschum.

“The feeling is that once we made the decision to postpone fall sports, we will have some time to assess the situation before making any decision about playing next spring,” one Ivy League source told Sports Illustrated in a report published Wednesday morning.

How will this decision affect fall sports in other leagues? Opinions are mixed. One Power 5 administrator told The Athletic he would view the Ivy League’s decision as a “big domino” in the decision-making process for other schools.

“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.”

On the other hand, 247Sports is reporting the Ivy League’s decision won’t necessarily guide the decision for Power 5 schools.

“I don’t think people understand how that [decision] simply doesn’t affect us,” an administrator told 247Sports.

Regardless of whether or not the Ivy League’s decision impacts similar decisions within the Power 5 conferences, it shouldn’t affect the current timeline. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey still expects his conference to come to a conclusion by the end of July.

“We said from the onset of this pandemic that circumstances around the virus would guide our decision-making, and it is clear recent developments related to COVID-19 have not been trending in the right direction,” Sankey said. “There are important decisions to be made in the coming weeks, and by late July there should be more clarity about the fall season.”


An official announcement from the Ivy League is expected Wednesday evening. This story will be updated if more information becomes available at that time.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

32 Comments for Ivy League cancels fall sports, will reevaluate schedule in January 2021



  1. ukyelecteng
    5:21 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

    No chance football happens in the fall. Just think, the NBA is questioning if they can pull it off and they’re in a concealed bubble at Disney. Corona would spread like wildfire within a football team practicing and playing together.



    • ClutchCargo
      5:51 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      Replace the word “Corona” with “flu” and think about how you would deal with it. Quarantine the infected and at-risk as needed, which is the plan. I’m all for being smart about managing the risks, but we have to learn to live with this virus at some point. Now, if being smart means no fans in the stands, then so be it. It seems the fear is worse than the disease now.



    • TonyMontana
      7:00 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      If you’re all for being smart, you can start by never comparing the flu and corona virus again. One has a vaccine and numerous treatments, while the other is a highly contagious global viral pandemic.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:12 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      And the vaccine often doesn’t work.



    • 4everUKBlue
      6:55 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

      If you’re all for being smart you should stop listening to MSM and do your own independent research and stop spending lies and fear.



    • UKBigBlueForever
      11:20 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

      If you’re all for being smart you should definitely do your own independent research and quit reading articles this old geezer keeps posting on every new post. For every one article he posts, there are ten articles published by doctors that contradict it.



    • 4everUKBlue
      7:10 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

      YOUR Children. YOUR Choice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHdzBnblack&feature=emb_logo

      Feel free to debunk any of this, but you’ll have to do some independent research



    • 4everUKBlue
      7:15 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

      *spreading lies, not spending lies



  2. lexslamman
    5:45 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

    Sports are pretty much done for 2020. Especially team sports.



    • UKFaninCO
      6:45 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      Stop hiding in a bunker puzzies, the data doesn’t support risk to this group…only 65+ and multi issues are at risk….PLEASE!!!



    • lexslamman
      9:21 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

      UKfan, just look at who makes decisions for professional and collegiate sports. Do you think they’re listening to the truth, or to the media and left wing hysterics?



  3. Han
    6:21 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

    Cue the armchair doctors dismissing the virus and calling everyone who believes in science a stupid socialist librul..



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:13 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      I believe in science. I know an unborn baby is a baby. Do you?



    • Jon
      9:31 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      CHINA … CHINA, a counry with 1.4 BILLION people, have ONLY 85,000 cases.

      85,000 out of 1,400,000,000.

      This disease is a hoax for anyone remotely healthy and under the age of 65.



  4. Memphis UK Cat
    7:19 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

    North Carolina will close all schools this fall. It is done no sports.



  5. sharpshooter81
    8:53 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

    Who really cares what the Ivy Leagues does anyway. Their sports don’t make much money if any at all. Tell the big Power 5 schools to cut out multi 100’s- millions dollars out of their budgets because of no college football and see if they play or not. College football players are in the lowest portion of people to get the virus much less get sick from it. As one poster said “we have to figure out how to live with the virus around”. There may never be a vaccine and even if one is developed, it may not be no more than the flu vaccine is which is around 60% effective. And while I mentioned a vaccine, say one isn’t around in a year from now, what then? Keep shutting the economy down and having no sports? Life and sports must go with being careful and smart, but again they must go on!!!



  6. Lip Man 1
    10:02 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

    UK Fanin: In Florida the average age now of cases is 30…just sayin’



    • peaches76
      11:30 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

      Just sayin 30 yr olds getting the virus but what % of those 30 yr olds are dying from it? Biggest concern is still the 70+ and compromised immunity. Folks just need to wise up and take precautions. My folks sure as hell aren’t out running around everywhere.



  7. zoupman
    11:14 pm July 8, 2020 Permalink

    Damn Wuhan virus has caused panic.



  8. Cousins Fake Tooth
    5:01 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Ivy league doesn’t rely heavily on sports to bring in their income as other schools do.



  9. Cousins Fake Tooth
    5:02 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Deaths are way down while cases are up. Its getting into younger people who can survive and beat it, plus testing a lot more so you see more cases. Its able to be better managed also.



    • Memphis UK Cat
      11:09 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

      It is all politics and shutting sports down will be another way to blame Trump. If this was not an election year, this crap would not be going on.



  10. JT55
    6:47 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Hate to say it, but college sports aren’t happening until spring at the earliest.



  11. 4everUKBlue
    7:17 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Is there an Immunologist or virologist among you who can explain why germ theory is still just a theory?
    https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/notes-from-yesteryear/germ-theory-versus-terrain-the-wrong-side-won-the-day/



  12. UKCatAttack
    8:09 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

    I wonder if young people have had it all along and just weren’t getting tested. Think about it at first only the really sick were getting tested, including The ones in hospitals and ICUs. We barely had any tests available 3 months ago. I think many many more people have already had it than the numbers reflect.



  13. BlueBanker18
    8:45 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Athletes are young, very few have conditions that would make them part of the at-risk population. They will recover if it spreads. Let them play without fans if Corona is still such a huge concern.



    • Memphis UK Cat
      11:11 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

      All politics at this point. Just remember these idiots and vote against them



  14. Ned T.
    9:15 am July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Rate of infection and rate of deaths are down—even the CDC admits it is no longer a “pandemic.” Of course, the media doesn’t report that we are testing incredibly more people so an increase in the raw number of positives means nothing.

    Average age of death is 78+ and the number of CV deaths is grossly inflated—another legitimate scientists admit. Healthy young people have a zero percent change of dying, and most feel no symptoms. At least 40k died in nursing homes—where the libs’ darling Cuomo forced CV patients to be admitted.

    Yet, hysteria remains high and politics drives medical policy. For you mask zombies, here’s your sign—you are now a leftist sheeple. For me, screw your masks—I do not wear one for flu season, and I am not wearing one now because it is forced political clothing.



  15. lizard king
    1:53 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Ivy League is a bunch of liberal snowflakes anyway. Their piece of paper a diploma is on is no better than UK piece of paper. All in who you know for a job anyway.



    • MrPioneer
      3:58 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

      There are a lot of dumb comments on this thread, but you just won the competition. Congratulations!