08/10 18:23 CDT The Latest: Mountain West delays football season, joins MAC
The Latest: Mountain West delays football season, joins MAC
By The Associated Press
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the
The Mountain West has become the second FBS conference to postpone its football
season, punting on the fall with an eye toward playing in the spring.
The Mountain West's decision comes less than a week after it announced plans to
play an eight-game conference football season and allow its members to pursue
two nonconference games.
Now the 12-team Mountain West, which includes Boise State, Air Force and San
Diego State, joins the Mid-American Conference as leagues from the highest tier
of NCAA Division I football to bail on the fall season and hope to make a go of
it in the spring.
The University of Virginia says no student-athletes tested positive for the
coronavirus last week. The school has had four positive results since fall
programs returned to preseason training.
The school says a total of 238 athletes were tested for COVID-19. There have
been no positive results since a report was issued on July 24.
None of those that tested positive required hospitalization, and those with the
positive results were instructed to self-isolate for 10 days or until they did
not register a fever for three consecutive days. Those deemed to have been in
close contact also were asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has weighed in on the
powerhouse league's situation regarding a decision on the football season.
Sankey posted on Twitter he doesn't know if college football can be played
during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the best advice he has received since the
pandemic started was to be patient in making decisions. "This is all new &
you'll gain better information each day," Sankey posted.
"We know concerns remain," Sankey said. "We have never had a FB season in a
COVID-19 environment. Can we play? I don't know. We haven't stopped trying. We
support, educate and care for student-athletes every day, and will continue to
do so...every day."
The College of Charleston is suspending all sports competition for the fall
because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The South Carolina school, a member of the Division I Colonial Athletic
Association, said Monday the move would affect full-time fall sports like men's
and women's soccer, men's and women's cross-country and volleyball. It also
would affect teams with year-round schedules like men's and women's golf, men's
and women's tennis, equestrian and sailing. Those teams would not compete
during the fall.
The school said all athletes would continue training in anticipation of spring
competition. Its winter and spring sports teams are still on track to compete
when those seasons are scheduled.
Charleston athletic director Matt Roberts said the school suspended fall sports
for the safety and well-being of its athletes, coaches and staffers.
The season-ending Tour of Guangxi in China has been finally canceled.
The Chinese government last month canceled all international sports to the end
of the year, and organizers of the cycling race made their exit from the
calendar official on Monday. The men's race was postponed from October,
overlapping the Giro d'Italia, to November, towards the end of the Spanish
The one-day women's race on Nov. 10 was also off.
The UCI also has taken the women's Tour of Chongming Island in China, which was
postponed from May to Oct. 23-25, off the calendar without a public word.
The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the
pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto.
The 2020 class was announced in June and featured forward Jarome Iginla, winger
Marian Hossa, defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women's
goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland.
The Hall said Monday it will discuss rescheduling plans on Oct. 29. Chairman
Lanny McDonald said the most likely scenario is to have the ceremony in
November 2021, either by waiving the 2021 election or combining the 2020 and
2021 classes. He said a virtual induction ceremony was ruled out.
Old Dominion is canceling its fall sports season because of the coronavirus
President John Broderick made the announcement Monday, saying he knows
student-athletes and fans will be disappointed, but playing "posed too great a
The decision was made with input from athletic director Wood Selig, medical and
health experts and state and local officials, he said.
Old Dominion, under first-year coach Ricky Rahne, joins the 12-team
Mid-American Conference and Connecticut as Football Bowl Subdivision schools
that have decided not to compete in football. Field hockey, men's and women's
soccer and the Monarchs' first volleyball team also won't compete.
Selig said he hopes that fall sports can be played in the spring if it's safe
and has NCAA approval.
"This is just right thing to do for everyone involved," Selig said.
The Women's Rugby Europe Championship is scheduled to be finished off in
October so European qualifying for the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup can start
Rugby Europe announced the dates for the two remaining matches: Spain vs.
Russia on the weekend of Oct. 24, and Spain vs. Netherlands on Oct. 31.
The winner among those three will join Scotland, Ireland, and Italy in
qualifying for the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand.
European qualifying will be played on the weekends of Dec. 5, 12, and 19. The
winner qualifies directly, and the runner-up goes to a repechage. The schedule
will be announced after the Women's Europe Championship is finished.
North Alabama has suspended football practices until at least Friday after team
leaders expressed concerns about COVID-19.
The FCS school said the Lions' leadership council voiced those concerns to the
coaching staff Saturday.
North Alabama said in a statement Monday the school will "make every attempt to
structure a meaningful football experience for this fall while remaining
focused on health and safety."
North Alabama has switched, until at least Friday, to a model in which players
can voluntarily continue physical conditioning in groups of 12 or fewer. Team
and position meetings will be held in person with social distancing and masks
North Alabama moved to FCS in 2018 after winning three straight Division II
national championships from 1993-95.
UTEP has postponed the start of preseason football practice after four players
tested positive for the coronavirus.
School officials say all four players were asymptomatic and placed in a 14-day
quarantine. School medical staff also recommended the entire team and coaching
staff also go into a five-day quarantine before everyone is tested again on
Results of those tests will be determined when practice will begin, the school
"I am fully supportive of the recommendations of our sports medicine personnel
and team doctors," coach Dana Dimel said. "We can't wait to resume preparations
for our fall season, but safety comes first."
The Miners play in Conference USA.
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