2020-21 Season Thoughts

Talk about the champions, or the Top 25 nationally-ranked team!
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Re: 2020-21 Season Thoughts

Post by drd5748 » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:17 am

Tend to agree with mookie (!) ... unless they quickly vote to eliminate riding for 1 season (min) and also ban forehead-to-forehead lockups in neutral, the odds seem extremely slim. The nation hasn't done a bang-up job minimizing re-opening stats, even before the expected second wave arrives.


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Re: 2020-21 Season Thoughts

Post by JAD77 » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:14 pm

D3 - think I wasn’t clear. I meant yours was an appropriate post, this being the Lehigh wrestling forum, and F&M being a fellow EIWA member. No snark intended.
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Re: 2020-21 Season Thoughts

Post by D3 for LU » Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:35 am

JAD77 wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:14 pm
D3 - think I wasn’t clear. I meant yours was an appropriate post, this being the Lehigh wrestling forum, and F&M being a fellow EIWA member. No snark intended.
I wasn't sure at first... I thank you for the clarification, JAD. :)
cheers!
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Re: 2020-21 Season Thoughts

Post by mookie » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:50 am

Everyone feel better? I think I might cry.
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Re: 2020-21 Season Thoughts

Post by D3 for LU » Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:17 pm

Here ya go...

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Re: 2020-21 Season Thoughts

Post by lu_alum » Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:21 pm

Not wrestling, but UConn canceled their 2020 football season today.
https://uconnhuskies.com/news/2020/8/5/ ... id-19.aspx
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Re: 2020-21 Season Thoughts

Post by jdalu75 » Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:40 pm

Sounds like the NCAA is punting the decisions down to lower levels:


Dear Colleagues:

The Board of Governors had a full agenda for its meeting, and I wanted to share its progress on a number of important fronts.

Fall championships
The following information will be released publicly shortly and available online here.

Board directs each division to safeguard student-athlete well-being, scholarships and eligibility

Divisions must determine status of fall championships no later than Aug. 21

The NCAA Board of Governors has directed schools and conferences to meet specific requirements if they are to conduct NCAA fall sports during the preseason, regular season and postseason. Further, each division is directed to determine its ability to meet those requirements to conduct fall championships.

The board expressed serious concerns about the continuing high levels of COVID-19 infection in many parts of the nation. The board has determined that it will only support moving forward with fall championships and other postseason play if strict conditions are applied and adhered to.

The requirements include:
All fall sports activity (preseason, regular season and postseason) must follow the recently released return-to-sport guidelines from the NCAA Sport Science Institute for all athletic activity. As the guidelines change based on the ever-changing pandemic, schools must follow any future modifications.
The NCAA will establish a phone number and email to allow college athletes, parents or others to report alleged failures. The Association will notify school and conference administrators, who will be expected to take immediate action.
All member schools must adhere to federal, state and local guidelines related to COVID-19. Further, the conduct of NCAA championships must be in line with federal, state and local guidelines.
All student-athletes must be allowed to opt out of participation due to concerns about contracting COVID-19. If a college athlete chooses to opt out, that individual’s athletics scholarship commitment must be honored by the college or university.
Each division must determine no later than Aug. 14 the eligibility accommodations that must be made for student-athletes who opt out of participating this fall or for those whose seasons are canceled or cut short due to COVID-19. College athletes and their families must know what their eligibility status will be before beginning the fall season.
Member schools may not require student-athletes to waive their legal rights regarding COVID-19 as a condition of athletics participation.
Member schools, in conjunction with existing insurance standards, must cover COVID-19 related medical expenses for student-athletes to prevent out-of-pocket expenses for college athletes and their families.
Any NCAA fall championship or other postseason contests must be conducted within enhanced safety protocols for student-athletes and essential athletics personnel. These safety enhancements will include regular testing, separation of college athletes and essential personnel from all other nonessential personnel, and physical distancing and masking policies during all aspects of noncompetition.
NCAA championships may use reduced bracketing, a reduced number of competitors, predetermined sites and, where appropriate, single sites to limit exposure to COVID-19.
If 50% or more of eligible teams in a particular sport in a division cancel their fall season, there will be no fall NCAA championship in that sport in that division.
If fall sports championships are postponed in any division, a decision to conduct that championship at a later date will be based upon the scientific data available at that time regarding COVID-19, along with other considerations.
The divisions must determine by Aug. 21 whether their respective fall sports seasons and NCAA championships should occur this year. All three divisions must follow their governance processes in making decisions.

“The first and most important consideration is whether sports can be conducted safely for college athletes,” said Michael V. Drake, chair of the board and University of California system president. “Each division must examine whether it has the resources available to take the required precautions given the spread of COVID-19.”

The board based its requirements on guidance from the NCAA’s COVID-19 Advisory Panel, established in March and comprising leading medical, public health and epidemiology experts. The panel will continue to closely monitor the pandemic and its impact on higher education and college sports and to provide any recommended changes to the requirements.

“Our decisions place emphasis where it belongs — on the health and safety of college athletes,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “Student-athletes should never feel pressured into playing their sport if they do not believe it is safe to do so. These policies ensure they can make thoughtful, informed decisions about playing this fall.”

Emmert also emphasized the need for each division to conduct a careful evaluation of the viability of fall championships. He acknowledged that each division is unique.

“First and foremost, we need to make sure we provide a safe environment for college athletes to compete for an opportunity to play in NCAA championships,” Emmert said. “A decision based on the realities in each division will provide clarity for conferences and campuses as they determine how to safely begin the academic year and the return to sports.”

Transgender policy
The board received an update on the work by multiple committees to review the transgender policy, which also support a recommendation to conduct a summit in September that engages other experts. The board expects further membership recommendations regarding any policy changes in October.

Strategic plan rollout suspended; Board set priorities for next 12 to 24 months
Over the course of the past two years, the NCAA Board of Governors embarked upon a strategic planning initiative. This initiative involved developing a shared roadmap for all three divisions, member conferences and schools to collaborate, anticipate, innovate and respond as we plan the future. Because 2020 has presented a very different reality for higher education and intercollegiate athletics, the Board of Governors suspended fully introducing and executing the draft strategic plan.

The Board of Governors stated while the way forward is not clear for any segment of American enterprise, including higher education, college athletics must not and will not suspend its core values – commitment to the total student-athlete, acting with integrity, leading by example, promoting and demonstrating diversity and inclusion and engaging respectfully.

The focus of the Board of Governors for the next 12 to 24 months will follow the priorities within the plan that will be the most impactful during this critical time. Those priorities include health, safety and well-being; governance; diversity, equity and inclusion; financial stability; and legal constraints, government relations and realities.

New independent Board of Governors member appointed
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been appointed to serve as one of five independent members on the NCAA Board of Governors. He will serve a three-year term on the board, which can be renewed for an additional three years.

Gates will replace Denis McDonough, who will join the faculty at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

2021 NCAA Convention to be virtual event
The annual NCAA Convention will be held online in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shifting to a virtual Convention for 2021 reduces expenses and recognizes the need for chancellors, presidents and ADs who regularly participate in the Convention to attend to campus matters. The virtual 2021 Convention will occur the same week the Convention was originally scheduled (Jan. 12-16) and online educational programming will be offered throughout January. Divisional business sessions will be conducted virtually, with voting on NIL legislation to take place as planned. Information on Convention registration and programming will be posted to ncaa.org/convention as plans for the virtual event develop.

Sincerely,

Mark Emmert
NCAA President
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Re: 2020-21 Season Thoughts

Post by HFO » Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:16 am

As I used to tell my patients when they moaned, "But did you die?"

What is deaths to totally NCAA athletes for 2020?

Time to move on.
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Re: 2020-21 Season Thoughts

Post by LU808 » Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:22 pm

Transgender policy
The board received an update on the work by multiple committees to review the transgender policy, which also support a recommendation to conduct a summit in September that engages other experts. The board expects further membership recommendations regarding any policy changes in October.



Any capitulation here will be the death of NCAA women's sports.
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Re: 2020-21 Season Thoughts

Post by mookie » Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:11 am

So trans women have an advantage when they're playing in women's leagues? Is that your concern?
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