NCAA cuts athletic schedules for 2020-2021 seasons

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UPDATED (5/20/20): The NCAA has released a statement confirming schedule cuts in all Division II sports for the 2020-21 academic year.

“For the 2020-21 academic year only, the minimum number of contests required in Division II for sport sponsorship and championships selection, as well as the maximum number of contests and dates of competition allowed, will be smaller than in years past as a result of financial impacts from COVID-19”, read the official statement released by the NCAA.

The full release can be found here: http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/dii-presidents-council-lowers-maximum-minimum-number-contests

Here are the reactions from head coaches at Angelo State:

“Cutting it from 50 to 40 (games) probably didn’t save us any money, said Rams baseball head coach Kevin Brooks. “I don’t know what we are going to do with our conference schedule, but when we play a doubleheader it doesn’t cost more. So all it did probably was take a doubleheader away and make it a single game.”

“I think anybody that has coached at a small college setting in any sport, at the end of the day, they know how to manage a budget,” said Belles tennis head coach Chris Bizot. “They know how to take care of cost-saving measures. My team, I think would’ve been ok with a little less gear or a little less whatever, if we could’ve just competed as much as possible.”

“I think basketball ended up getting through it a little bit better than others,” said Belles basketball head coach Nate Harris. “There are other sports that you look at their max number is less than what they were going to play in conference games. So for us, we are at least getting our conference season defending on how that works out. We are at least getting our full conference season this last year.”

“It’s been a crazy day, to say the least,” said Rams football head coach Jeff Girsch. “Scheduling is still being looked at and I don’t know how things will work out for football yet. Obviously we want to play as many games as possible, but I understand the circumstances. Stay safe and healthy. Go Rams!”

(5/19/20) INDIANAPOLIS — Two sources within an NCAA Division II school have confirmed to Concho Valley Homepage that Division II athletic schedules will be reduced for the 2020-2021 school year. Each sport has a different number of games cut from its schedule due to short term financial challenges.

“NCAA Division II conference and institutions have acknowledged through survey feedback on contests reductions that COVID-19 has presented us with financial challenges that we are proactively addressing together,” NCAA Division II said in an e-mail sent to university officials. “Please keep in mind the purpose behind these actions is to assist all institutions with short-term financial concerns so that we may emerge stronger as a membership and division.”

No public announcement has been made by the NCAA.

In a survey sent out by the NCAA, an overwhelming majority of votes by conference commissioners, athletic directors and presidents were in favor of shortening schedules.

Below is a list of sports and the amount of games cut from their schedules:

BASEBALL (-10): reduced from 50 to 40 games

MEN’S & WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (-4): reduced from 26 to 22 games

CROSS COUNTRY (-1): reduced from seven to six dates

FIELD HOCKEY (-4): reduced from 18 to 14 games

FOOTBALL (-1): reduced from 11 to 10 games

MEN’S & WOMEN’S GOLF (-7): reduced from 21 to 16 dates

LACROSSE (-4): reduced from 17 to 13 dates

ROWING (-6): reduced from 20 to 14 dates

MEN’S & WOMEN’S SOCCER (-4): reduced from 18 to 14 games

SOFTBALL (-12): reduced from 56 to 44

SWIMMING/DIVING (-4): reduced from 16 to 12 dates

MEN’S & WOMEN’S TENNIS (-8): reduced from 25 to 17 dates

TRACK & FIELD-INDOOR & OUTDOOR (-6): reduced from 18 to 12 dates

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL (-6): reduced from 26 to 20 dates

WRESTLING (-4): reduced from 16 to 12 dates

Here is the full release from NCAA Division II sent exclusively to university officials:

Stay with Concho Valley Homepage as more details unfold.

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