Carnegie Mellon will not compete in fall sports, including football, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the school announced in a statement by athletics director Josh Centor on Wednesday.
“Over the past few months, we have explored every possible avenue for a safe return to play,” Centor said in an e-mail message to Carnegie Mellon student-athletes. “In the message that I wrote to you last month, I noted that the health and safety of our students, staff and community members are at the forefront of every decision we make. With that as our guiding principle, we cannot appropriately return to sport at this time.”
In addition to football, where Carnegie Mellon plays in the Presidents Athletics Conference, the schools has also canceled its cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball seasons, which compete as part of the University Athletic Association. That conference decided earlier on Wednesday that it would not mandate its institutions take part in conference games this fall, leaving them free to make individual scheduling decisions.
The PAC had already announced that on Tuesday that it was cancelling non-conference games. Carnegie Mellon pulling out will leave at most nine teams competing in the PAC this fall.
CMU had been scheduled to play Bethany on Sept. 12, Grove City on Sept. 19, at Waynesburg on Sept. 26, at Westminster on Oct. 10, Geneva on Oct. 17,at Thiel on Oct. 24, St. Vincent on Oct. 31, at Washington and Jefferson on Nov. 7 and at Case Western Reserve on Nov. 14.