Coronavirus causes Ivy League to cancel conference tournament; Yale earns automatic NCAA Tournament bid

first_img“We understand and share the disappointment with student-athletes, coaches and fans who will not be able to participate in these tournaments,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said in a release. “Regrettably, the information and recommendations presented to us from public health authorities and medical professionals have convinced us that this is the most prudent decision.”The Ivy League also canceled its women’s basketball tournament, granting Princeton (26-1, 14-0) an automatic NCAA Tournament bid.MORE: Coronavirus concern prompts NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS to ban locker room access for mediaThe Ivy League also announced that it would severely implement “highlyrestrictive, in-venue spectator limitations” for all campus athletics events while completely eliminating out-of-season practices and competitions.“Following a number of league-wide discussions throughout the last several weeks, we have decided to exercise caution in the interest of student-athletes, fans and the general community,” Harris said. March Madness took an unprecedented turn on Tuesday.The Ivy League announced that it has canceled its men’s conference basketball tournament in light of the potential spread of coronavirus. That means regular-season champion Yale (23-7, 11-3 In league play) was awarded the conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid. The Bulldogs were swept by second-place Harvard (21-8, 10-4) during the regular season, including by double digits (83-69) on Saturday. The NCAA — which has already stated it will continue its winter and spring championship events — later released a statement affirming it will continue forward with its events as planned.“NCAA member schools and conferences make their own decisions regarding regular season and conference tournament play,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a released statement. “As we have stated, we will make decisions on our events based on the best, most current public health guidance available.”Neither the NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel, made up of leading public health and infectious disease experts in America, nor the CDC or local health officials have advised against holding sporting events. In the event circumstances change, we will make decisions accordingly.”last_img

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