Report: Ivy League Expected to Push All Fall Sports to Spring 2021

The Ivy League is likely to push the upcoming football season to the spring of 2021, The Athletic reported Monday.

On Wednesday, the conference is expected to officially announce a plan to push all fall sports to the spring semester, with implications of the decision potentially having a widespread impact. Recall, though it seems like a lifetime ago, that the Ivy League was the first to cancel its men’s basketball postseason tournament in March, with top conferences – like the Pac-12 – following suit shortly thereafter.

NCAA Division I Fall Sports:

  • Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
  • Women’s Field Hockey
  • Men’s Football
  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • Women’s Volleyball
  • Men’s Water Polo

The league also canceled all spring sports on March 11 and left it up to schools to determine if they would attend remaining winter sports championships, including in swimming, before those events were also canceled.

The Ivy League competes in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football, formerly known as 1-AA. The Ivy League has a self-imposed restriction on participation in the FCS college football playoff.

Princeton, Brown, and Harvard sponsor NCAA Division I men’s water polo programs, though they compete in the NWCP Conference, and not in the Ivy League.

“My suspicion is that the majority of presidents in the FBS are uncomfortable with the notion of playing football this fall but for various reasons don’t want to be the first to step out and say that,” one Power 5 administrator told The Athletic. “So, more than anything else, that decision provides the cover they need. I expect it’ll be a big domino.”

Harvard and Princeton announced Monday that they will only invite students back to campus in groups segmented throughout the academic year. At Harvard, up to 40% of the undergrad population will be allowed on campus at once, with all freshmen coming in the fall and all seniors on-campus in the spring. Regardless of where students are based, however, they will take classes entirely online. At Princeton, freshmen and juniors will be allowed on campus in the fall, while sophomores and seniors will be there in the spring.

Swimming’s most notable Ivy League attendee, Dean Farris, told SwimSwam in May that he planned to return to school next year following a would-be Olympic redshirt season.

Around the nation, additional schools are slowly releasing their plans for the fall. Some are opting for hybrid (part online, part in-person) formats, or to host classes entirely online. However, a new wrinkle has emerged from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s announcement Monday that international students can’t remain in the U.S. if their fall semesters are entirely online.

Last week, USC announced that it would move undergraduate instruction primarily online for the fall, save labs, studios, research courses, and selected others requiring in-person meetings; UCLA is taking a similar approach. The California State system announced in May that most of its campuses will remain closed for the fall semester.

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Thanks for the share and that’s actually great news.


why so many downvotes?


Facts and statistics upset some people? They’d rather operate solely based on how they feel, or in some cases, how the media asks them to feel?

That’s the only reason I can think that article would be so widely downvoted.

Ol' Longhorn

“The agency notes that the official tally of deaths ‘will likely change as more death certificates are processed, particularly for recent weeks.'” Check back with us later on this. You’re the guy that said 130,000 deaths by August was a joke. We’re at a 132,000 now. You also applauded Sweden, who has admitted they blew it.


Of Covid or with Covid? “The case definition is very simplistic,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois Department of Public Health, explains. “It means, at the time of death, it was a COVID positive diagnosis. That means, that if you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means, technically even if you died of clear alternative cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death.” Medical examiners in Michigan use the same definition. In Macomb and Oakland Counties, where most of the deaths occurred, medical examiners classify any deaths… Read more »

Hank Monroe

Looking at the numbers look OK when compared to other countries.

I like to use worldometers when comparing between countries, because they give quick access to cases and deaths/1million population.

In that metric, Sweden is not doing very well at all. They’re 7th-worst in the world in deaths/mm, with 2 of the countries ahead of them (San Marino and Andorra) being so tiny as to not really fit the data set. 18th-worst in total cases/1mm, though their testing is fairly low, so that’s probably an underestimate:

Steve Nolan

If you read what the CDC says, and what is literally linked to in that “piece” you sent:

“Nationally, levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) and COVID-19-like illness (CLI) activity remain lower than peaks seen in March and April but are increasing in most regions. The percentage of specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, also increased from last week. Mortality attributed to COVID-19 decreased compared to last week and is currently at the epidemic threshold but will likely increase as additional death certificates are processed.”


Same website…
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Irish Ringer

I get it, you are forecasting increased deaths, but for now we have the data:

Hank Monroe
Steve Nolan

Because it’s not true


Glad to see the doctors have found better treatments to save lives. This is the main reason the death rate is not going up with the increased cases. It doesn’t mean less people are getting sick and less people ending up in the hospital. A lot of hospitals are at max captivity and close to turning sick people away. So many people have lasting health problems after fighting Covid19 and to some the recovery lasts for months. For a lot of people it’s a horrible disease to have. Wear your mask and social distance.


Hospitals are not “close to turning sick people away”.


completely agree. My hospital was ravaged by covid and never turned away a sick person. But much of that may be due to good vs. poor management

Ol' Longhorn

You’re wrong. If they’re sick but don’t meet COVID admission criteria from the ER at one of the largest hospitals in the country in Houston, they’re sent home to self-quarantine to free up beds.


Is it better treatments? Maybe. It also seems like the vast majority of people who test positive simply aren’t getting sick–or not very sick. A small number of cities seem to be having real problems, but there is a pretty serious imbalance between all the fevered chatter about positives and the percentage of those positives who actually become ill.


“Fevered Chatter”? Maybe from those who love and care for people with an actual Covid fever.


Here’s the CDC page they referenced… The four times “epidemic” was mentioned on the page: 1- Mortality attributed to COVID-19 decreased compared to last week and is currently at the epidemic threshold but will likely increase as additional death certificates are processed. 2- The percentage is currently at the epidemic threshold but will likely change as more death certificates are processed, particularly for recent weeks. 3- The percentage is currently at the epidemic threshold but will likely change as additional death certificates for deaths during recent weeks are processed. 4- The percentage is equal to the epidemic threshold of 5.9% for week 26. Data for recent weeks are incomplete, and the PIC percentage may increase as more death certificates… Read more »

Chest Rockwell

Quick someone check on HISWIMCOACH and Guerra, this probably gave them aneurysms!


I’m good. Thanks for your concerns about my health.


See how easy that is! Be concerned about others health and we can get through this.


What about the winter sports?

MD Swimdad

That is exactly the point. There won’t be a vaccine by the winter or probably by the spring either and who knows how effective it will be. The virus will spread and number of deaths per week will continue to decrease. When will we stop making it into something so special? When deaths per week and mortality rate are the same as flu? It will be there very soon. Meanwhile we can already fly around the country, pack our supermarkets and big box stores and work our “essential” jobs. While our college students get to spend more time on devices.


Just a point of clarification. As a physician who cares for Covid patients, it is much more “special” than the flu. Our ICU is overflowing with Covid patients with a twenty percent rate of admission to the hospital. So the disease brings a much higher morbidity rate than influenza.

MD Swimdad

While I respect your first hand experience where you are, the CDC states that over 65 hospitalizations are below the 2017/2018 flu season and under 17 hospitalizations are well below typical flu season hospitalizations. I am not saying this was not a big deal in March, April and early May. Mortality rates at that time were up above 0.5%. Currently it is in the 0.2% range. Flu is 0.1% in a typical year, higher in a bad one. Nobody should want to get covid or flu and should take reasonable precautions. We are going to have to live with both long-term.

Another doc

Yup. I’m a long timer lurker and parent of swimmers. I’m an ER doctor as well. COVID is roaring back and is MUCH WORSE than it has been in my locality compared with mid March time frame. Even if we never discovered the basis of the COVID 19 disease, we would be wondering why our hospitals are suddenly full of young healthy people on ventilators. For those in healthcare, COVID is everywhere and gaining speed. And this is happening while we are in the middle of the summer when our prez thought it just magically would just go away.. winter is going to hurt.


What county are you in? I’d love to see the stats from that county where you work.

Ol' Longhorn

Look at mine. Harris County (Houston). Highest single day fatalities today. And this is with fairly restrictive orders locally from the get-go. Cases are through the roof. Hospitalizations in Texas are up 33% compared to last week.

Hank Monroe

Texas is suffering in areas.

Also MD Also SwimDad

How dare an ICU doc and ER physician oppose the enlightened epidemiological viewpoint of a swim coach and a swim dad who I’m increasingly convinced did not go to medical school but does live in Maryland. This is just like the flu! 130k dead Americans, no vaccine, no big deal.


I’m in healthcare and close to the issue. If what you say is correct then why are there essentially no ‘young healthy people on ventilators’ now? They are the majority of infected people today. In my neck of the woods we have been in a steady decline since early May after being one of the worst areas of infection. And this is with peaceful protests, riots and all kinds of other socialization going on in my state. I will go with those experts who say let the younger low risk persons back out to work and play and spread SARS0CoV-2 among them to create herd immunity. Get it over before the winter. Keep the high risk away from them and… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn

Houston Methodist, one of the premier hospitals in the country: “Methodist’s leaders, who were planning for a surge and had been dealing with a stream of coronavirus patients since March, pointed to the most important difference between Houston now and New York then: the patient mix. The majority of new patients here are younger and healthier and are not as severely ill as many were in New York City.” Just because they’re not on ventilators doesn’t mean they’re not getting serious lung damage, kidney failure, and financially creamed. That’s been the experience all over the Texas Medical Center.


They now say immunity may not last beyond 6-12 months. So getting it now to “get it over with” could mean getting it twice.


I guess we should shutter all small businesses forever as well as gyms and youth sports teams.
Let’s disrupt our whole educational system as well while we’re at it. At the very least until November 3rd.

Who is “they”?


Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should….

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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