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A D-III conference has decided to cancel football and fall 2020 sports

The Division III Centennial Conference has decided to cancel fall sports, including football. Earlier today, sources had shared with FootballScoop this morning that this was a real possibility.

The league is made up of schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Via the conference's release:

"In response to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council has been meeting diligently to address the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and their communities. As institutions finalize their plans for the coming year, federal, state, and local health guidance, as well as institutional policies, will guide their independent decisions regarding reopening.

Given health and other related concerns, the Centennial Conference Presidents Council has decided to suspend any inter-collegiate competition for sports scheduled for the fall semester. The presidents will reevaluate this decision by the end of September, based on work to be done by the Conference to assess sports-specific activities and the experiences on the schools’ campuses.The presidents have determined football will not be played in the fall. The Conference will also explore the possibility of shifting certain fall sports, including football, to the spring."

The conference consists of the following schools that play football:

  • Muhlenberg (PA)
  • Susquehanna (PA)
  • Johns Hopkins (MD)
  • Franklin & Marshall (PA)
  • Dickinson (PA)
  • Ursinus (PA)
  • Moravian (PA)
  • McDaniel (MD)
  • Juniata (PA)
  • Gettysburg (PA)

Last year, Muhlenberg and Susquehanna finished atop the league standings with Muhlenberg finishing 13-1 on the year (and 9-0 in league play) and advanced all the way to the NCAA semifinals before losing to eventual national champion North Central, and Susquehanna went 10-1 (8-1 in conference play). The 13-1 mark for Muhlenberg marked the best season in school history.

Tomorrow, the Ivy League is set to announce a decision on whether to push football to the spring.

Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.