Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

The Big South's decision means that 10 of the 13 leagues that play in the Football Championship Series division, the National Collegiate Athletic Association's second-highest level, are still on track to play this fall. The conference is set to begin exploring alternatives for potentially re-scheduling for the spring semester.

Teams will be allowed to hold training sessions, strength and conditioning sessions and other activities that are deemed safe and fall within the confines of local regulations.

"This is the right decision for our student-athletes", said Xavier University Vice President and Director of Athletics Greg Christopher. "Our intention is to shift these fall seasons to the spring as we would like nothing more than to crown Big South champions in all 19 of our sports this year".

"This very hard decision came after an exhaustive review by our Presidents and Athletics Directors and followed consideration of NCAA guidance, COVID-19 case counts and trend lines nationally and in BIG EAST communities, and the many unknowns surrounding testing availability, turnaround time and travel restrictions in our 11 locales", said BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman.

"We are all broken-hearted that we will not be able to provide competitive opportunities for Big South student-athletes this fall", said Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander.

The conference hopes to resume fall sports sometime in the spring.

"This very hard decision came after an exhaustive review by our presidents and athletics directors and followed consideration of NCAA guidance, Covid-19 case counts and trend lines nationally and in Big East communities, and the many unknowns surrounding testing availability, turnaround time and travel restrictions in our 11 locales", Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman said in a statement.

Men's and women's basketball are not affected at this time and will be evaluated at a later point.

"We are very disappointed in the decision by the Big Ten Conference to postpone the fall football season, as we have been & continue to be ready to play".

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