CIAA football the latest victim of COVID-10

Fred Jeter | 10/8/2020, 6 p.m.
The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the CIAA.

The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the CIAA.

As result of the pandemic, the CIAA will not crown an official football champion in the spring of 2021.

That means there will be no CIAA school standings in football, no Northern and Southern Division champions and no CIAA Championship Game in Salem, as in the past.

Basketball is being affected, too.

The CIAA basketball season will not start until at least Jan. 9, some two months later than normal.

These decisions involving football and bas- ketball were made last week during a meeting of CIAA chancellors and presidents in Char- lotte, N.C.

The CIAA had postponed football until the spring of 2021, with little in the way of announced details, because of the pandemic.

Although the CIAA will not recognize a football champion, schools are free to attempt to schedule games independently. Finding suitable opponents on short notice may be challenging, however.

Virginia Union and Virginia State universities announced they will not play football this spring.

The NCAA already has announced it will not conduct a Division II football playoff in the spring, further reducing the incentive for teams to play.

Basketball traditionally starts in November, with schools playing close to 10 games by the New Year.

This season, there will be no hoops until Jan. 9. Schools then will be allowed to play 16 conference games with the possibility of adding six more non-conference contests.

However, to play up to 22 games between Jan. 9 and the start of the CIAA Tournament in late February would be very challenging in less than two full months.

For now, the CIAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament set for Feb. 23 through 27 in Baltimore is still on, but likely with attendance restrictions.

The CIAA moved the popular event to Baltimore this winter following a 13-year run in Charlotte.