At the NCAA Division II level, you can expect the upcoming sports season to look a bit different in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the 2020-21 academic year only, the minimum number of contests required in Division II for sport sponsorship and championships selection, as well as the maximum number of contests and dates of competition allowed, will be smaller than in years past as a result of financial impacts from COVID-19, according to a press release from the NCAA.
The Division II Presidents Council made the decision during a teleconference Tuesday, approving reductions in all three categories for the upcoming season. The minimum number of contests needed for sport sponsorship and championships selection will be reduced by 33%, with rowing being the lone exception. There will also be a one-year reduction of the maximum number of contests and dates of competition, which will vary by sport, based on results from a survey administered to presidents and chancellors, directors of athletics and conference commissioners.
This means football goes from 11 to 10 games and the basketball schedule will be reduced from 26 to 22 games. Truman State University will have to shave games from the schedule. It’s not known which ones at this point.