NCAA President Mark Emmert announced Thursday evening that the NCAA is canceling all 2020 Division I fall championships and will attempt to have them in the spring because too many programs postponed their seasons over COVID-19 concerns.
This announcement comes eight days after the Division II Presidents Council and Division III Presidents Council each canceled their respective fall championships.
The NCAA's decision means that FBS football is the only fall sport that will be allowed to have a fall championship because the NCAA does not govern the sport.
"We cannot now, at this point, have fall NCAA championships because there's not enough schools participating," Emmert said in a video announcement. "The Board of Governors also said, 'Look, if you don't have half of the schools playing a sport, it can't have a legitimate championship.'"
Fall sports teams will still be allowed to participate in a regular season schedule, but they will not have a chance to win a national title.
Here's which sports this decision will affect at UNC:
- Men's and women's cross country
- Field hockey
- Men's and women's soccer