Division II Gulf South Conference postpones high-risk sports until 2021

Ross Houston
August 13, 2020

The Big 12 Board of Directors are now set to meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss the 2020 season.

"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.

But ACC leaders chose to keep moving toward a fall season, leaving the Big 12 seemingly as the swing vote between an attempt to play this fall and an attempt to salvage some kind of 2020 season in spring 2021.

Teams will still be allowed to practice and have team activities that are consistent with individual campus policies. The conference hopes to reschedule the season sometime in early 2021 if COVID-19 conditions improve. Ackerman said plans for men's and women's basketball - the league's marquee sports - remain "unaffected".

The conference announced that men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, volleyball, and field hockey won't be contested.

The conference's board of athletic administrators also agreed to reduce the number of NJAC games played by each team from 18 to 9 for both men and women.

Big South Football members voted to allow up to four non-conference games in the fall at institutional discretion, however RMU opted not to pursue. However, given the guidance of the BIG EAST COVID-19 Task Force, this decision, while disappointing, was made with the health and safety of our student-athletes and staff in mind.

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