Most Division III schools have already called off fall sports, but this afternoon, the Division III Presidents Council made it official, pulling the plug on its fall sports championships. In fact, according to the statement provided by the NCAA, they won’t even try to hold them in the spring.
“Looking at the health and safety challenges we face this fall during this unprecedented time, we had to make this tough decision to cancel championships for fall sports this academic year in the best interest of our student-athlete and member institutions,” said Tori Murden McClure, chair of the Presidents Council and president at Spalding. “Our Championships Committee reviewed the financial and logistical ramifications if Division III fall sports championships were conducted in the spring and found it was logistically untenable and financially prohibitive. Our Management Council reached the same conclusion. Moving forward, we will try to maximize the championships experience for our winter and spring sport student-athletes, who unfortunately were short-changed last academic year.”
The Division III schools in Kentucky affected are Berea College, Centre College, Spalding University, and Transylvania University, all of which had already postponed or canceled most of their fall sports. Earlier today, the NCAA Board of Governors instructed each division to determine whether they can safely conduct fall sports by August 21.