The coronavirus and college sports: NCAA reopening plans, latest news, program cuts, more

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Paul Finebaum reacts to Wisconsin's game against Nebraska being canceled and Graham Mertz being sidelined for three weeks due to his positive coronavirus test. (1:46)

The coronavirus pandemic continues to rattle the college sports landscape, leaving many questions unanswered.

Complex, high-stakes public health issues are being addressed as conferences decide what college sports will look like in the coming year.

Here is the latest news and updates from the college sports world.

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Latest news: ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard announces he's tested positive for coronavirus

Friday, Oct. 30: ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. "I'm under strict quarantine right now, because yesterday I tested positive for COVID," Howard said in a video posted to Twitter.

LSU athletics could lose $80 million: LSU's athletic department says it expects to lose $80 million in revenue due to the impact of COVID-19 and is laying off employees and reducing salaries of others.

Thursday, Oct. 29: Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday's game against Boston College. Lawrence is a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy and he had not missed a game in three seasons at Clemson.

Wisconsin football has 16 test positive: The Wisconsin football program now has 16 active cases of COVID-19 after two additional staff members and one student-athlete tested positive since late Wednesday. The school had announced on Wednesday it was pausing activities and cancelling Saturday's game against Nebraska.

Wednesday, Oct. 28: Wisconsin's football team has paused all team-related activities for at least seven days because of an increased number of COVID-19 cases, causing the No. 9 Badgers' game against Nebraska on Saturday to be canceled. The game will not be rescheduled.

Gavitt Games canceled due to coronavirus: The 2020 Gavitt Tipoff Games between the Big East Conference and Big Ten Conference has been canceled, Big East commissioner Val Ackerman announced Wednesday.

Tuesday, Oct. 27: Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz had his COVID-19 positive test confirmed and will be out a minimum of 21 days, a source has confirmed to ESPN.

Oregon says results were false positives: Three days after Oregon canceled a scheduled scrimmage after saying five players tested positive for COVID-19, the program announced Tuesday that those results were determined to be false positives.

North Texas-UTEP postponed: The game between North Texas and UTEP scheduled for Saturday in El Paso has been postponed due to the spread of COVID-19 in the region, North Texas announced Tuesday.

Marshall-FIU postponed: Friday's football game between No. 19 Marshall and Florida International has been postponed because of COVID-19 issues.

Bethune-Cookman opts for no sports in 2020-21: Bethune-Cookman, a historically Black college in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will not play sports during the 2020-21 school year, a move that impacts men's and women's basketball and football.

Cal pauses men's basketball: California's men's basketball team is pausing workouts after an unidentified player tested positive for COVID-19.

Monday, Oct. 26: Florida returned to practice Monday for the first time in nearly two weeks, though coach Dan Mullen would not say how many players he would have available when the Gators play Saturday against Missouri.

ESPN nixes plans to host hoops events at Disney: ESPN is canceling plans to host eight of its men's college basketball events at one location in Orlando, Florida.

San Jose State-New Mexico relocated: Saturday's game between New Mexico and San Jose State has been relocated to San Jose as a result of public health orders in New Mexico related to the coronavirus pandemic.

UNLV will be 1st to have fans at Raiders' stadium: Fans of UNLV football will be the first to attend a game at the home of the NFL's Las Vegas Raiders after the university's plan to allow a limited number of spectators was approved by the Southern Nevada Health District and Nevada's department of Business & Industry.

Holiday Bowl canceled: The Holiday Bowl will not be played this season, bowl organizers announced Thursday, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

Women's basketball tournament canceled: The Women's Cancun Challenge has been canceled, eliminating one of the more familiar recurring Thanksgiving-week tournaments on the women's college basketball calendar.

Wednesday, Oct. 21: Former Florida State Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden thanked his doctors, family and fans for their support and prayers through his "tough" bout with COVID-19.

Marquette pauses basketball programs: Marquette is pausing for 14 days all activities for its men's and women's basketball teams after one positive COVID-19 test from each team.

Toledo pauses men's basketball activities: Toledo has paused men's basketball activities for two weeks after six players tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Big West maps out 20-game, league-only plan: The Big West Conference will play 20 league games in men's and women's basketball under a modified format that will reduce travel during the coming season because of the coronavirus.

Tuesday, Oct. 20: The Washtenaw County Health Department issued a stay-in-place order Tuesday for University of Michigan undergraduate students beginning immediately because of a rise in COVID-19 cases, but the order will not impact athletic activity at this time.

Colorado State-New Mexico canceled: The season-opening football game between Colorado State and New Mexico scheduled for Saturday has been canceled, the Mountain West Conference announced Tuesday.

Southern Miss coach tests positive: Southern Miss interim coach Scott Walden tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.

Pac-12 details plan for cancellations: The Pac-12 on Monday announced its policies for game cancellations and updated tiebreakers for its season, which begins on Nov. 7 and features a seven-game, conference-only schedule and conference championship game.

Saturday, Oct. 17: Florida coach Dan Mullen announced Saturday he has tested positive for COVID-19, the latest hit to a football program that has been severely impacted by the coronavirus spread.

Friday, Oct. 16: A subsequent test of Alabama coach Nick Saban on Thursday showed that he is negative for COVID-19, the university announced Friday afternoon. The news comes 48 hours after Saban's initial positive test and opens up the possibility that Saban could return to coach Saturday night's home game against No. 3 Georgia.

SEC school fines could reach $1 million: SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said Friday that conference schools can face a cumulative penalty of $1 million as the league continues to enforce COVID-19 sideline protocols and hold head coaches accountable for wearing masks during games.


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Southern Miss-UTEP game postponed: Saturday's football game between Southern Miss and UTEP has been postponed due to COVID-19 cases in the Golden Eagles program, the school announced Friday.

Missouri-Florida postponed from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31: The Southeastern Conference postponed the Oct. 24 game between Missouri and No. 10 Florida on Friday, the third league contest moved this week because of COVID-19 outbreaks.

Thursday, Oct. 15: Less than 24 hours after the school announced that both Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne had both tested positive for COVID-19, Alabama men's basketball coach Nate Oats told reporters that he tested positive for COVID-19 in July.

SEC schools to lose revenue for not following protocols: Multiple SEC schools will have revenue from the conference deducted as a result of not following proper COVID-19 protocols, sources told ESPN.

LSU-Florida postponed: Saturday's game between No. 10 Florida and LSU at "The Swamp" has been postponed after the Gators saw a surge in positive COVID-19 tests this week, it was announced Wednesday. The game has tentatively been rescheduled for the SEC's built-in bye week on Dec. 12.

NCAA: Bowl teams won't require .500 records: All winter athletes in NCAA Division I sports will be given an additional year of eligibility and all football programs will be allowed to compete in bowl games -- regardless of their win-loss record -- as part of one-time rules changes in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mullen backtracks on packing stadium: Florida football coach Dan Mullen backtracked on his call to "pack The Swamp" for Saturday's game against LSU, but the issue became moot anyway.

C-USA pushes back title game: Conference USA has pushed its football championship game back two weeks to Dec. 18, giving the league additional time to make up games postponed because of the coronavirus.

Pac-12 to allow families where permitted by health officials: In the wake of a petition that began circulating this week aimed at allowing parents of Pac-12 football players to be able to watch their sons play in person this year, the conference clarified it will permit such attendance where permitted by health officials.

CAA releases limited-travel basketball schedules: The Colonial Athletic Association on Wednesday released its men's and women's basketball schedules for the 2020-21 season using a format designed to limit travel and exposure to COVID-19.

Monday, Oct. 12: The Missouri-Vanderbilt football game scheduled for Saturday in Columbia, Missouri, has been postponed to a later date, tentatively Dec. 12, making it the first SEC game to be moved this season because of issues related to COVID-19.

FAU confirms 18 players, 9 staffers tested positive: Florida Atlantic coach Willie Taggart on Monday confirmed that 18 players and nine football staff members tested positive for COVID-19 last week, leading to the postponement of Saturday's game against Southern Miss.

UConn-Notre Dame women's basketball postponed: Barring a postseason meeting, UConn and Notre Dame will not play each other in women's basketball for the first time in 25 years after this season's expected encounter was postponed until the 2021-22 season because of coronavirus pandemic-related Notre Dame scheduling issues, UConn announced Monday.

Sunday, Oct. 11: The upcoming game between Baylor and No. 7 Oklahoma State has been postponed. The Bears and Cowboys were scheduled to meet on Oct. 17, but the Big 12 announced on Sunday night the game will be moved to Dec. 12.

Les Miles upbeat in video: Kansas Jayhawks coach Les Miles says his health is "pretty good" as he continues to quarantine at home after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.

Saturday, Oct. 10: Virginia Tech was without 15 players against North Carolina in Saturday's 56-45 loss to the Tar Heels, including starting safeties Divine Deablo and Keonta Jenkins.

FAU-Southern Miss postponed by COVID-19: The Florida Atlantic vs. Southern Miss game, scheduled for Saturday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has been postponed. FAU said the reason for the postponement was COVID-19-related.

Wednesday, Oct. 7: The Mid-American Conference on Wednesday released a six-game, league-only football schedule that will feature only midweek games for the first three weeks.

Georgia Southern-Appalachian State moved: Georgia Southern's football game against Appalachian State, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Allen E. Paulson Stadium, has been postponed and rescheduled for Dec. 12, the schools announced Wednesday.

SMU student section cleared after protocol violations: Campus police cleared out the entire SMU student section during the first half of Saturday's game against Memphis because a large majority in the crowd wasn't following coronavirus protocols such as wearing masks or social distancing, a school spokesman confirmed to ESPN.

Two bowls canceled due to pandemic: Both the Hawaii Bowl and the Bahamas Bowl have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, Oct. 1: A week out from a rematch of last year's Sun Belt title game, Appalachian State and Louisiana announced Thursday that their Oct. 7 game would be postponed due to positive coronavirus tests at Appalachian State.

Mountain West releases fall football schedule: The Mountain West Conference released its 2020 schedule Thursday, which includes abbreviated conference slates for Boise State, Air Force and San Diego State.

Patriot League to nix games in 2020: Coaches in the Patriot League have been informed of plans to begin the basketball season in 2021 with an 18-game conference schedule, sources told ESPN.

Wednesday, Sept. 30: Missouri football coach Eli Drinkwitz said there's no uniform SEC policy for public reporting of COVID-19 test results, and no sharing of that information among the 14 member programs.

San Jose State to practice outside county: Due to local restrictions currently preventing San Jose State from practicing in groups larger than 12, the Spartans will travel to Humboldt State, 320 miles away, to practice ahead of their season opener on Oct. 24.

CAA spring football slate includes plus-2 option: The Colonial Athletic Association will play a six-game conference schedule that includes the option for schools to add up to two nonconference games during a 2021 spring season, the league announced on Wednesday.

South Alabama-Troy postponed: South Alabama has postponed Saturday's scheduled home game against Troy after pausing its football workouts because of COVID-19 issues.

Arkansas St. coach had virus: Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson said he has recovered from having the coronavirus.

Monday, Sept. 28: Thirteen Purdue athletes have been suspended for violating the "Protect Purdue Pledge" by holding a party in a campus residence hall Saturday, the university announced Monday.

FSU's Norvell returning: Florida State will have its head coach back on the sideline for Tuesday's practice, Mike Norvell confirmed Monday. Norvell missed last weekend's loss to Miami after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Memphis-Houston rescheduled: The Memphis Tigers will host Houston on Dec. 5 in a game rescheduled by the AAC because of COVID-19 testing results. The teams originally were scheduled to play Sept. 18.

North Carolina adds game: North Carolina has added a Dec. 11 game against Western Carolina, which replaces a Sept. 19 contest against Charlotte that was canceled because of COVID-19 issues.

Vanderbilt will allow fans: Vanderbilt has changed its mind and will allow fans at sports events in October. The Commodores also will allow a limited number of students to attend Saturday night's football game with No. 20 LSU.

Friday, Sept. 25: The Mid-American Conference will begin its football season on Nov. 4 and play a six-game, conference-only schedule, with a championship game on Dec. 18 or 19, the league announced Friday.

SEC sets conference basketball dates: The SEC announced Friday it would start its men's basketball conference season on Dec. 29-30, while its women's conference season would start Dec. 31.

Thursday, Sept. 24: The Pac-12 will play a seven-game conference football season beginning Nov. 6, representing an official reversal after the conference announced in early August that it would postpone all sports until at least Jan. 1, citing health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pac-12 hoops to start Nov. 25: The Pac-12 Conference announced Thursday that men's and women's basketball can begin their seasons on Nov. 25, the same day as the rest of the country.

SEC commish: Tough to pick CFP teams in 2020: SEC commissioner Greg Sankey says he hasn't considered whether there should be a minimum number of games required to qualify for the College Football Playoff.

Notre Dame-Wake Forest football rescheduled for Dec. 12: The makeup date for Wake Forest and Notre Dame's rescheduled football game will be Dec. 12, the ACC announced Wednesday.


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Spring, 16-team playoff bracket approved for FCS football: The NCAA Division I board of directors on Tuesday approved a 16-team, spring playoff for FCS football, shrinking its usual championship bracket from 24 teams because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

SEC football to utilize devices used by NFL for contact tracing, distancing: Every football player in the SEC will wear the small, lightweight device also used in the NFL to help with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts, the conference announced Tuesday.

Monday, Sept. 21: UMass, which canceled its fall football season six weeks ago, reversed course and announced Monday that it intends to play a limited number of games beginning in mid-October.

Louisville hoops planning nonconference bubble: Louisville is planning a nonconference bubble between Nov. 25 and Dec. 5, coach Chris Mack tweeted on Friday. According to Mack's tweet, the Cardinals are looking for eight to 12 teams to play three to five games during that time span.

Maui Invitational moving to NC: The 2020 Maui Invitational is moving to North Carolina, the tournament announced Friday. It will be held in Asheville, North Carolina, with sources saying it will take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

MAAC announces its basketball schedule model: The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced its schedule model for the 2020-21 college basketball season on Thursday, becoming the first league to make its plans public following the NCAA establishing a Nov. 25 start date.

NCAA basketball can start Nov. 25: The 2020-21 men's and women's college basketball seasons can start on Nov. 25, the NCAA Division I Council said Wednesday.

NCAA panel eyes spring for canceled D-I sports: A month after canceling fall championships in non-football sports in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday outlined the structure and timing of potential replacement spring seasons and championships for those displaced sports.

Tuesday, Sept. 15: LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday that most of his team has contracted COVID-19.

ACC needs eight teams to continue season: Following the postponement of the Virginia at Virginia Tech game, the ACC determined the conference needs at least eight out of 15 teams to move forward with the season.

Wednesday, Sept. 9: Defending national champion LSU will have fans this season at 25% capacity of Tiger Stadium but no tailgating on campus, the school announced Wednesday.

Tuesday, Sept. 8: Oklahoma test results for the coronavirus will no longer be shared publicly, with the Sooners set to begin the regular season this week, coach Lincoln Riley announced Tuesday.

Friday, Sept. 4: In order to account for student-athletes who will have to miss games because of positive coronavirus tests, contact tracing and regular injuries, the Big 12 determined on Friday that teams with at least 53 players available -- including seven offensive linemen, four interior defensive linemen and one quarterback -- must play or it will be considered a forfeit.

Thursday, Sept. 3: Following a series of questions from ESPN, it was revealed that almost half of the 65 Power 5 schools have declined to disclose positive testing data from their respective programs. Of the Power 5 schools playing football this fall, 21 have declined to release positive tests.

Florida announces seating plan: The University of Florida announced a seating reduction plan for the 2020 season that will allow 17,000 fans at the Gators' home, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

ACC testing plan: The ACC unveiled its testing plan for the upcoming season. The conference will conduct three tests a week during the regular season for all fall sports, including football.

Masks mandatory at Oklahoma: Masks will be required on Oklahoma's campus on football game days, and tailgating will be prohibited during the football season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAC moves non-football fall sports to spring: The American Athletic Conference will postpone the majority of its fall sports until the spring but plans to move forward with football in the fall, it announced Tuesday. The decision affects men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball, and could include cross country, "pending further NCAA clarification."

Tuesday, Aug. 18: The SEC will require face coverings for all fans and workers attending football games this fall

SWAC details spring football plan: The SWAC became the first conference to announce plans for a spring football season Monday. The plan is for each team to play six conference and one nonconference game beginning February 27.

Friday, Aug. 14: The ASUN Conference says it is postponing all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, Aug. 13: NCAA president Mark Emmert said on Thursday there won't be fall NCAA championships because there's not enough schools participating because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- a decision that impacts 22 championships, including FCS football.

Emmert says using bubbles for championships in 2021 'perfectly viable': NCAA president Mark Emmert endorsed the idea of potentially using bubbles for NCAA championships -- including basketball -- in the first half of 2021, saying Thursday night that it's "perfectly viable in many sports."

WAC suspends competition through end of 2020: The Western Athletic Conference joined a growing number of its peers and has suspended fall sports competition until at least the end of the calendar year.

Big Sky scuttles rest of fall sports: The Big Sky Conference has voted to postpone all fall sports competition until the spring because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Southland opts for spring college football: The Southland Conference has postponed football until the spring but will allow its members to play nonconference games this fall if they wish.

Wednesday, Aug. 12: The NCAA Division I Council recommended Wednesday that the Division I board of directors give student-athletes impacted by the coronavirus pandemic an extension of their five-year period of eligibility and an additional season of competition if they participate in 50% or less of the maximum number of competitions allowed in each sport under NCAA rules.

Big South postpones fall sports: The Big South Conference became the latest FCS football league to postpone its fall sports seasons on Wednesday, with the intent of playing in the spring, leaving three of the 13 FCS conferences with plans to play football and other sports this fall.

Big East fall sports postponed: The Big East announced that its fall sports -- men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, volleyball and field hockey -- won't be contested because of coronavirus concerns.

Horizon League postpones fall sports due to virus: The Horizon League has joined the list of conferences postponing all fall sports competition due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, Aug. 10: The Mountain West is postponing its fall sports season because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the conference announced on Monday.

Saturday, Aug. 8: The Missouri Valley Conference opted to move its football season to the spring due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The news came on the heels of the FCS postponement of the playoffs this fall.

Wednesday, Aug. 5: UConn, which last month officially left the American Athletic Conference, announced Wednesday that it's suspending its football program for the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NCAA Division III fall championships canceled: The NCAA Division III fall sports championships have been canceled for the 2020-21 season, the NCAA announced Wednesday, citing "the COVID-19 pandemic and related administrative and financial challenges."

Wednesday, July 29: The Big West Conference is postponing all fall sports through the end of the calendar year. The conference will determine later if conducting fall sports in the spring would be feasible.

A-10 postpones fall sports: The Atlantic 10 announced the postponement of all fall sports due to the coronavirus pandemic. The conference is yet to make an announcement on winter sports.

Colonial Athletic cancels season: The Colonial Athletic Association has canceled its football season. The 12 teams in the conference will be allowed to pursue independent schedules, however.

MEAC suspends all fall sports for indefinite period: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has suspended all fall sports indefinitely because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but hasn't determined whether the fall schedules will be moved to the 2021 spring semester, the league announced on Thursday.

Monday, July 13: The Patriot League will not play sports in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Military Academy and Naval Academy are exempt from the cancellation, and any decisions on their participation in competitive sports will be made by their superintendents.

NJCAA OKs move to spring football season: The National Junior College Athletic Association on Monday approved a proposal to move its football season to the spring, according to Dr. Christopher Parker, the NJCAA president and CEO.

Wednesday, July 8: The Ivy League has ruled out playing all sports this fall, executive director Robin Harris told ESPN on Wednesday, marking the first major college decision about the status of fall sports amid the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 impact: How do schools plan, test, recruit and stay afloat?


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College Football Playoff


Proposed eight team CFP for 2020 season shut down

Heather Dinich reports that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has requested the College Football Playoff committee to consider an eight team playoff for the 2020 season.

CFP officials have said they are moving forward with a plan to still have a playoff as scheduled. Here is the latest news:

Schools that have cut pay, programs, staff


Stanford AD on cuts: 'This has been a heartbreaking day for all of us'

Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir breaks down what went into the difficult decision to cut 11 varsity sports.

A day after the University of Cincinnati announced it would permanently cut its men's soccer program, a letter from five conference commissioners to NCAA president Emmert asked, in part, for the NCAA to lift rules that require Division I schools to sponsor at least 16 varsity sports.

Here are other programs that have disbanded, plus schools that have made staffing changes and pay cuts: