Ivy League suspends fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic

The Ivy League on Wednesday became the first Division I conference to suspend all fall sports, including football, leaving open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if the coronavirus pandemic is better controlled by then. ''We simply do not believe we can create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate athletic competition that meets our requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk,'' the Ivy League Council of Presidents said in a statement. ''We are entrusted to create and maintain an educational environment that is guided by health and safety considerations.

Ohio State pauses all on-campus workouts after COVID-19 outbreak

The news isn't getting better for college football. That doesn't bode well for starting the season on time. Not long after North Carolina decided to pause football practice until further notice after test results today showed a cluster of infections, Ohio State announced the same. "The Ohio State Department of Athletics has paused all voluntary [more]

Will no fall sports in Ivy League be a trendsetter across Division I?

Stakeholders across college sports, especially those in football, have awaited the Ivy's decision while continuing to formalize fall plans. The northeastern Ivy League, composed of eight of the nation's elite academic institutions, cited its decision was made with the health and well-being of students as the top priority. The league's council of presidents said there will not be sports through the end of the fall semester, adding the feasibility of playing fall sports in the spring and the status of winter and spring sports will be determined at a later date.

North Carolina halts football workouts after COVID-19 outbreak

North Carolina is the latest football team to stop summer workouts because of a COVID-19 outbreak. The Tar Heels athletic department announced today that it will pause football practice until further notice after test results today showed a cluster of infections. In all, 429 players, coaches and staffers affiliated with the North Carolina athletic department [more]

Vanderbilt cuts at least 8 from athletics communications

Vanderbilt has laid off at least two people with six more forced to re-apply for their jobs as the Southeastern Conference's lone private school works to merge its athletics communications department with the university's main communications office. “We are more closely integrating athletics communications with the university’s overall communications efforts, reflecting the importance of athletics to the university’s mission," Vanderbilt said in its statement.

Harbaugh was close to a new deal at Michigan before pandemic

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday he was closing in on a contract extension before coping with the COVID-19 pandemic became a top priority for all involved in the discussions. ''There's bigger fish to fry for our athletic director, or our administration, me as a coach,'' Harbaugh said during an interview on Zoom. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has said more than once that he wants Harbaugh to lead the Wolverines until he chooses to retire from coaching.