In March, the Ivy League became the first NCAA conference to cancel their conference basketball tournament in light of the Coronavirus. Now, they’re the first conference to cancel all fall sports including football.
Across the sporting world, the Ivy League is the first sports leagues to preemptively admit defeat for the fall and winter seasons. The conference will not begin any intercollegiate athletics until January 1st at the earliest. This also endangers interconfertnce play as it pertains to the winter sports and their respective seasons.
As we stand, the professional leagues are much more focused on completing their seasons than they are about starting the next ones. The NBA has “The Bubble,” the NHL is setting up two separate locations, and Major League Baseball is attempting to travel all over the country for their season restart.
The leagues starting in the fall, specifically college football and the NFL appear hellbent on moving forward with and without fans in certain arenas. Clemson football coach Dabo Sweeney seems convinced that this once-in-a-century pathogen won’t present an issue against the Goliath that is college football. Outside of canceling the Hall of Fame game, where there wouldn’t have been any ceremonies anyway, the NFL seems convinced that there will be no changes to their schedule and training camps will start next month as planned.
As it pertains to the medical community, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the big cheese at the cracker factory when it comes to pandemics, seems confident that COVID-19 will return in the Fall, and with similar symptoms to the flu, could create a whole range of additional issues.
Back in March, the Ivy League first appeared over cautious in canceling their conference tournament, but we soon learned that decision proved prophetic as the NCAA Tournament and eventually all sporting events were postponed or canceled. When it comes to this decision, we will see if this is prudent or overly cautious.
I think we can all feel sorry for the student athletes who have now lost two full seasons in their brief NCAA career.