On Wednesday the Ivy League announced that its fall sports schedule, football included, would be canceled. This comes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases across the United States.
Could other conferences follow suit here soon? That’s not yet known. What we do know is a school better known for its education, Carnegie Mellon, has decided to cancel fall sports as well.
“Over the past few months, we have explored every possible avenue for a safe return to play,” athletic director Josh Centor told students in an email on Wednesday. “In the message that I wrote to you last month, I noted that the health and safety of our students, staff and community members are at the forefront of every decision we make. With that as our guiding principal, we cannot appropriately return to sport at this time.”
Carnegie Mellon is located in Pittsburgh and was founded in 1900. The school competes in the Division III University Athletic Association in basketball, track, cross country, football, soccer, swimming and diving, golf, tennis, volleyball, rowing and hockey.
We’re now getting near crunch time. The college football season is scheduled to open Aug. 29. A decision will have to be made soon regarding the Division I season and whether it will start on time.
While there was some optimism during the spring that the season would go on as planned, things have changed. The growing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to some major power players singing a more somber tone.
There’s a chance the season could be played next spring. At that point, the expectation is that the U.S. will have a vaccine for the virus. More than anything, it seems that’s the only way a large gathering of people will be able to occur amid the ongoing pandemic.