Division I leagues urge patience from NCAA on fall sports

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More than two dozen Division I conferences have urged the NCAA Board of Governors to hold off on making any decisions about conducting fall championships until a majority of the leagues determine whether to hold regular-season competition.

A letter from College Commissioners Association President Beth DeBauche, dated July 22, was sent to the board ahead of its scheduled Friday meeting. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

The CCA is comprised of commissioners from all 32 Division I conferences. The letter was supported by 27 conferences, including each Power Five conference and several that do not sponsor football. Five conferences abstained.

The letter said the CCA was “concerned to learn the board is contemplating taking action soon to cancel all fall season NCAA championships.” The board was scheduled to hold an ad hoc meeting Friday, with its next official meeting scheduled for Aug. 4.

The CCA’s letter recommended delaying any decision on fall championships to allow more conferences to make their own decisions regarding regular-season play.

Among the conferences that have already decided to postpone fall sports, with the hope of making them up in the second school semester: the Ivy League, the Patriot League, the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Colonial Athletic Conference.

The CCA’s letter also encouraged the board to have a plan in place to address the college basketball season when a decision on fall championships is made and to avoid diverting any funds toward moving fall events to spring until it is known if NCAA basketball tournaments can be held.

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