UPDATED: BREAKING: Ivy League cancels entire fall sports schedule

Franklin Field, Philadelphia. Public domain photo.

UPDATED: 5:50 p.m. EDT: These are the football programs not in the Ivy League that were scheduled to play at least one Ivy League school this fall:

Army, Bryant, Bucknell, Central Connecticut State, Colgate, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Marist, New Haven, Rhode Island, Richmond, Sacred Heart, Towson, VMI.

Each school listed above now has at least one open date on its schedule.

ORIGINAL POST: The New York Times reports the Ivy League has cancelled its entire fall sports schedule.

The Ivy League presidents placed all sports on hold Wednesday until at least January, making it the first Division I conference that will not play football as scheduled in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, a broad array of sports, from football and men’s basketball to cross country and sailing, have been placed in limbo. Practices could take place in the fall, but conditions would have to improve for sports to be played next year.

If the college/university opens this fall, then we’ll need…

…recognition that staff, if required to be on campus each day, are among the most likely to catch coronavirus, and they will struggle to handle the financial implications of being out of work

…plans to ensure a robust discussion inside and outside the classroom about the dual issues afflicting the U.S. this summer: racism and health

…sufficient opportunities for faculty, staff and students to visit the counseling center, which could quickly be overwhelmed (a reader correctly noted that faculty and staff should have been included on this; I’ve updated this section to reflect that)

…flexibility for faculty and staff to call off (or work from home) because a child is not allowed to go to school

…safeguards to protect Asian faculty, staff and students who could be subjected to racist taunts (akin to “Kung Flu”) as people around them adopt the language of our racist president (a reader correctly noted that faculty and staff should have been included on this; I’ve updated this section to reflect that)

…a quarantine location, where students will stay as they recover from coronavirus

…clearly defined policies regarding the research and service responsibilities for faculty who might be on campus half time or not at all

…regular cleaning of library and open computer labs, which we know are relied upon by many students to complete their work

…liberal policies allowing faculty and staff to bring their children to campus, should the K-12 or daycare environments be negatively affected by coronavirus

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BREAKING: Stanford to cut 11 varsity sports

The San Jose Mercury News has the details.

“In consultation with the Board of Trustees, we have made the decision to reduce the breadth of our athletics programs and staffing. Stanford will discontinue 11 of our varsity sports programs at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year: men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling.

“All of these teams will have the opportunity to compete in their upcoming 2020-21 seasons, should the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 allow it, before they are discontinued at the varsity level. Regretfully, 20 of our support staff positions are being eliminated as part of this realignment.”