In our continuing effort to inform and update our blog readers, we are providing the following update regarding the impact of the coronavirus and collegiate athletics.
As a result of further developments relating to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the various newly announced Ivy League campus policies and potential limitations on practices and competitions, the Presidents of the eight Ivy League school members have just announced their unanimous decision to cancel all spring athletics competitions and practices through the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.
The decision whether the Ivy League winter athletic teams of who have qualified for postseason NCAA tournament play will participate will be left to those individuals schools to decide.
In reaction to the Ivy League announcement, Harvard University then announced that its men’s hockey team will not play in their scheduled Eastern College Athletic Conference quarterfinal series against Rensselaer. The best-of-three series was due to be played in Troy, New York, this weekend without spectators is now canceled. As a result, Harvard’s season is over and Rensselaer is expected to be awarded wins via forfeit and advance to the semifinals.