Carnegie Mellon cancels fall sports due to COVID-19 pandemic

Jun 5, 2019; Austin, TX, USA; Detailed view of the NCAA logo at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It was earlier on Wednesday that the Ivy League announced that its fall sports slate, football included, would be canceled. This comes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases around the United States.

Could other conference around the country follow suit here soon? That’s not yet known. What we do know is that a school better known for its education has decided to cancel fall sports.

Carnegie Mellon cancels fall sports due to COVID-19 pandemic

“Over the past few months, we have explored every possible avenue for a safe return to play,” athletic director Josh Centor told students in an email on Wednesday. “In the message that I wrote to you last month, I noted that the health and safety of our students, staff and community members are at the forefront of every decision we make. With that as our guiding principal, we cannot appropriately return to sport at this time.”

CMU is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was founded back in 1900. While its prowess in the field of education is more notable than the school’s sports programs, this is still no minor thing.

2020 college football season this fall?

We’re now getting down to crunch time. The college football season is slated to open up Aug. 29. That’s about seven weeks from now. A decision will have to be made here soon regarding the season and whether it will start on time.

While there was some momentum during the spring that the season would go on as planned, things have changed a lot since then. The growing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to some major power players singing a more somber tone.

There’s a chance the season will be played next spring. At that point, the expectation is that we will have a vaccine for the virus. More than anything, it seems that’s the only way a large gathering of people will be able to occur amid the ongoing pandemic.