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NCAA Division I fall championships postponed

Eddie Timanus | USA TODAY
In January 2018, he championship logo is seen on the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium before the NCAA college football playoff championship game between Georgia and Alabama in Atlanta.

As conference after conference in Division I postponed fall sports, the NCAA has made the inevitable decision that there will be no fall championships in the organization’s top tier in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We cannot, at this point, have fall NCAA championships,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a video interview posted Thursday evening, adding it is hoped championships can be moved to the 2021 calendar year.

Emmert noted that the Board of Governors requirement of 50% of schools playing to hold the postseason would not be achievable.

"Sadly, tragically, that's going to be the case this fall," Emmert said. "That doesn't mean we shouldn't and can't turn toward winter and spring and say 'OK, how can we create a legitimate championship for all those students.' ... I'm completely confident that we can figure this out."

Fall championships in Divisions II and III had already been put on hold. This now means there will be no FCS football playoff this fall. Other sports affected are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey and women’s volleyball.

It should be noted, however, that this decision does not apply to the College Football Playoff, which is not an NCAA event but is run by the conferences.

As of now six of the 10 FBS leagues, including the SEC, ACC and Big 12, are still hoping to play football starting in September.