By LARRY VAUGHT
I know most of us are wanting to believe we can have high school and college sports this fall but I just don’t know.
Division III’s Centennial Conference announced Tuesday that fall sports, including football, would be suspended due to COVID-19. The statement also said the conference is exploring the possibility of playing certain sports, like football, in the spring.
The Centennial Conference has 11 schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Then the Ivy League announced on Wednesday that there would be no football in 2020. The Ivy League became the first Division I league to decide not to play any fall sports due to COVID-19. It won’t start any sports before Jan. 1, again a move no other conference has decided to make for winter sports like basketball.
Now obviously these conference due not have big TV contracts that funds entire athletic programs and both leagues could push football back to the spring if that’s what they wanted to do
Ohio State also announced on Wednesday that workouts for athletic teams were being put on hold due to recent COVID-19 test results. That means no workouts for men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.
North Carolina also announced it has suspended workouts due to positive tests. Houston, Kansas and Kansas State had already suspended workouts. Louisville men’s basketball has suspended all voluntary workouts for the men’s basketball team.
Obviously, schools have time to halt workouts now and hopefully take care of the positive tests. But is there really a way to halt the positive tests based on numbers continuing to rise nationwide.
And if college teams are having these issues and making these decisions, how can high school sports expect to find a way to safety play?
Lot of tough decisions coming for college and high school administrators who have no right or wrong answers because they have no way of knowing what might happen three days, three weeks or three months from now.