The Atlantic 10 Conference announced that they will be postponing its entire fall sports schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. The sports affected include men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country, and volleyball. In addition, fall schedules for men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and women’s rowing will also be postponed. A10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade says that basketball remains unaffected for now.
The conference and its leaders have agreed to a “look-in window” in mid-September, which would allow for a potentially shortened, conference-only schedule if coronavirus risks increase. If those risk levels don’t improve, then all fall sports would shift to spring 2021.
The cancellation of the A-10 season means, for now, URI’s fall teams are ineligible for NCAA Tournament play.
The Colonial Athletic Association — the conference URI plays in — did the same with football.
The Atlantic 10 and CAA are just two more conferences to make changes to their regular schedules prior to the upcoming fall sports season. The Pac-12 and Big Ten have canceled nonconference games for fall sports, including football. The ACC and SEC have both announced they are delaying the start of the fall season. The Ivy League and the Patriot League have announced that sports will not be played in the fall.
Rhody fans are looking for some source of excitement but, we may have to wait until this spring. It will be interesting to see what happens for the Rhode Island Rams this upcoming season.