Nick Suss, Mississippi Clarion Ledger
Published 7:05 p.m. ET July 13, 2020
SportsPulse: As Christine Brennan points out, the Ivy League’s decisions have often been a tell tale sign for all college sports and it’s time to prepare for a fall without college football.
While Division I college sports are still waiting to see what this fall might look like, the junior college level is calling it a wrap on 2020.
The National Junior College Athletic Association announced Monday that it will be moving some of its fall sports to the spring of 2021. That includes football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. Winter sports such as basketball will begin in January as opposed to their regular late-fall opening dates.
Cross country and half-marathon teams will be permitted to compete in the fall.
“Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes,” NJCAA president Dr. Christopher Parker said in a statement. “Through a unified effort from our Presidential Advisory Council, the Board of Regents, and leadership staff, our most recent plan of action provides a path that keeps our student-athletes competing at the highest level with proper safety measures in place.”
Unless it is moved, the early signing period for Division I football programs is still in the middle of December and National Signing Day will be in the first week of February. With those dates where they are, it will be more difficult than ever for Division I coaches to evaluate, scout and sign junior college athletes.