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Ivy League to make decision regarding Fall sports July 8th

The Ancient Eight will decide as a group whether to begin playing in seven different sports this fall next Wednesday

A view of the campus at Columbia University on May 21, 2020 in New York City.  Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images

The Ivy League was the first of the nation’s 32 conferences to cancel their postseason men’s basketball tournament last March. Now they might look to be ahead of the curve again with a decision on whether or not to play fall sports coming July 8th, according to a release from the league today.

The Ivy sponsors seven fall sports also sponsored by the NCAA; football, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and women’s volleyball. No scholarships are offered, but the individual schools are known for their generous financial aid often based on need and available to all students.

The Ivy had previously decided that student-athletes unable to exhaust their eligibility because of the coronavirus will not be granted a fifth-year to compete even though they would be eligible to do so by NCAA rules. The traditions of the league are very deep, and change happens slowly.

Of course these schools are often home to some of the best medical schools and hospitals on earth, so it’s likely any decision made by the league will be influenced by faculty across the campus and not just from athletics staff.

When they shut down their basketball tournament early, the Ivy was thought to possibly be overreacting, but then the rest of college athletics followed suit. Whatever their decision here, the same thing might happen.