Big South postpones fall sports over COVID-19 concerns

Syracuse football opens 2020 preseason camp

Despite the Big Ten and Pac-12 deciding against any sports this fall, the ACC, SEC and Big 12 have all said they hope to play.

Steve Spurrier on the sideline prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium, Monday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Tampa, Fla.

Specifically, the council recommended that affected student-athletes have their five-year window of eligibility extended and an additional season of competition, per ESPN. And if the season were forced to be canceled halfway through, this recommendation would protect the Gamecock players' eligibility.

As of Wednesday, Syracuse is one of just 77 college football teams with current plans for a fall season.

It came on the heels of another Big Ten school, Michigan State, sending its football program into quarantine on Friday, Aug. 7, after one student-athlete and one staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

"I just wish college football would play during the fall like we always have", he said. They want to play; they want to compete against the other guys.

"As for the Charleston Southern football ministry we have stated from the beginning that we have a desire to safely play football in the fall, if it is feasible", Denson said. "Or, if I'm Kevin Warren right now, I'm working on a way to get their ass out of the Big Ten". "Because only three conferences playing would be a little unusual".

Cornhuskers coach Scott Frost even suggested that Nebraska might look to play outside of the Big Ten this season. Decisions on winter and spring sports schedules will be made at a later time.

The Sooners take on the Bears on September 12, and will have a bye week before taking on their Big 12 opponents. "I expect for our 14 members to go forward together". "We will continue to further refine our policies and protocols for a safe return to sports as we monitor developments around COVID-19 in a continued effort to support, educate and care for our student-athletes every day".

Winthrop interim president George Hynd said in a statement that the decision to postpone Big South fall athletics marks another "difficult decision" in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that the delay reflects the conference's commitment to student-athletes.



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