Today, NCAA leaders met to discuss fall sports and if they should take place amid the coronavirus. There was a possibility they would vote today on whether or not to have college football this fall, but that vote did not take place, according to SI reporter Ross Dellenger.
News: The NCAA Board of Governors did not determine a course for the future of fall championships at its meeting today, source told @SINow.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 5, 2020
There was not vote, despite the meeting lasting until around 7 pm tonight.
The next steps are unclear.
However, there was one big decision that was reached during the meeting.
According to Stadium reporter Brett McMurphy, the NCAA will allow divisions to decide on whether or not to have fall sports. That means D-I schools get to decide if they’ll have college football, which could make it likelier we see Power 5 leagues like the SEC have football this fall.
This is huge news for potentially having FBS football in fall because Division I schools have more resources - & more at stake - to try and play fall sports than Division II & III schools, sources told @Stadium https://t.co/A19VO8G2oJ— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 5, 2020
The decisions on fall championships now rests, it would seem, with each division's highest governing body..— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 5, 2020
D I: Board of Directors
D II: Presidents Council
D III: Presidents Council
(of note: nearly all D3 conferences & about half of D2 have already postponed/canceled FB)
A lot of Division II and Division III leagues have already canceled fall sports, FWIW. This will allow Division I (cough Power 5/FBS cough) to continue to try to play this fall.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) August 5, 2020
The D-I Board of Directors is scheduled to meet Wednesday, though it’s unclear if a decision on fall sports will take place then. I would imagine they won’t cancel football this early, as we’re still almost a full month away from D-I games starting, and leagues like the SEC (Sept. 26th) will wait even longer to begin their seasons.
There’s still plenty of work to be done for there to be a football this fall, but it would appear what took place today at least slightly increased the chances we will see a 2020 season.