The Division-III Presidents Athletic Conference has postponed its 2020 seasons for cross country, football, soccer and volleyball until the spring 2021 semester, the league announced on Friday, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The PAC will attempt to play fall seasons in what it calls low-contact sports such as golf and tennis. Additionally, the conference pushed back the start of all winter sports to Jan. 1.
“We wrestled long and hard before deciding to postpone competition in the high- and medium-contact sports of football, soccer, volleyball and cross country this fall, a difficult disruption for our student-athletes and coaches,” Calvin Troup, Geneva College president and PAC presidents’ council chair, said in a press release. “That said, we remain hopeful that conditions will permit us to include these sports safely in an expanded PAC athletic schedule this coming spring.”
The league had already announced plans to play on conference contests for fall sports. Associate members for football Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve have announced that they will not participate in fall sports this year.
The PAC is made up of 10 full-time members in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia: Bethany (W.Va.), Chatham, Franciscan (Steubenville, Ohio), Geneva, Grove City, St. Vincent, Thiel, Washington & Jefferson, Waynesburg and Westminster.