NCAA President Mark Emmert announced on Thursday that NCAA Championships in all fall sports, except for football, are canceled due to numerous conference cancellations. Auburn soccer, cross country and volleyball are all affected by this decision.
Emmert announced the decision on Thursday via a video posted to Twitter.
“We cannot now, at this point, have fall NCAA championships, because there’s not enough school participating,” Emmert said. “The Board of Governors also said, ‘Look, if you don’t have half of the schools playing a sport, you can’t have a legitimate championship.’ So we can’t in any Division I NCAA championship sport, which is everything other than FBS football, that goes on in the fall. Sadly, tragically, that’s going to be the case this fall, full-stop.”
Auburn soccer, volleyball and cross country can all compete in the regular-season and conference postseason play.
Emmert and the NCAA will attempt to have these championships rescheduled in the spring, but the SEC is one of the few conferences planning to play this fall. The NCAA does not run college football’s postseason, so it is not affected by Thursday’s decision.
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