Ivy League

The Ivy League announced Wednesday that it will cancel football and all other fall sports for 2020


You know I like to stay positive whenever I can and I’m seriously rooting for college football to find a way to be played safely and smoothly this year. But with each passing day it feels more and more unlikely that we’ll get a season. Yesterday the first big domino may have fallen for the 2020 campaign.
  • The Ivy League announced Wednesday that it will cancel football and all other fall sports for 2020
  • The conference will consider the feasibility of moving those fall sports to the spring but it may not be possible
  • Ivy League athletes will be allowed to practice and train as long as they are within each institution’s health and safety guidelines
  • Athletes will retain a year of eligibility
So that’s no fall sports for Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale for those keeping track at home. The Ivy League is the first Division I conference to pull the plug on fall sports this year.
While the Ivy League canceling its season may not necessarily have a big direct effect on the rest of college football — namely the Power Five conferences — it’s a reminder that time is running out for the FBS season to start on time… or to start at all.
We’ve seen a spike in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks in many states and it’s clear that the pandemic isn’t going away with the way its currently being managed. College football programs around the country are trying to power through, but several have already been forced to suspend voluntary workouts due to positive tests within the locker room. Ohio State was the latest team to do that this week.
And then there’s this take from Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh yesterday: “COVID is part of our society. It wasn’t caused by football or caused by sports. And there’s no expert view right now that I’m aware of that sports is going to make that worse. It’s part of our society; we’re going to have to deal with it.”
If sports didn’t cause the virus and sports won’t make the virus worse, then why have we been living without sports for most of the past four months?!

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