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NCAA Division II cancels all Fall championships in seven sports

Decision ends TAMUK's championship Fall hopes
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Posted at 4:48 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 22:21:35-04

KINGSVILLE, Texas — The NCAA Board of Governors has announced there will be no Division II or Division III Fall sports championships this school year.

That will end championship competition for Texas A&M-Kingsville, among other schools.

The decision was made "due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related administrative and financial challenges," according to the NCAA.

"After reviewing and discussing the Board of Governors’ directives, the Division II Presidents Council made the difficult decision that holding fall championships in any capacity was not a viable or fiscally responsible option for Division II,” said Sandra Jordan, chancellor of South Carolina Aiken and chair of the council.

“This decision was discussed very thoroughly, and I assure you, it was not made lightly. It is important to note that fall student-athletes will be given eligibility-related flexibility to allow them championship opportunities in the future. As we move forward, we will continue to focus on providing the best championships experience for our winter and spring student-athletes who were not afforded those opportunities at the beginning of this pandemic.”

In Division II, these sports include men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.

The council made the move after the NCAA Board of Governors directed each division to make a decision on its Fall sport championships.

The Board of Governors also directed each division to meet various requirements to compete in the fall. Those directives include that all member institutions apply the resocialization principles to Fall sports and set a 50 percent sponsorship threshold for a Fall sport's championship to be conducted, among other requirements.