Following the majority of other conferences throughtout the country, the Missouri Valley Conference announced today that they have postponed the fall sports for 2020.
This includes men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, and women's volleyball.
The University of Evansville have teams in all these sports.
MVC said that the decision was due to the uncertainty around the ability to play a full-season safely amid the COVID-19, as well as a lack of a fall NCAA championship opportunity.
MVC joins the Big Ten Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), Great Midwest Athletic Conference, Mid-American Conference (MAC), and others that have also postponed their fall sports season.
MVC officials said that they will evaluate options to see if there is a chance for these sports to play in the spring of 2021.
Winter sports, such as basketball, and spring sports, such as baseball, continue not to be impacted at this time.
Full Statement Below:
Based on continuing uncertainty around the ability to play full-season league schedules safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the lack of a fall NCAA championship opportunity, the Missouri Valley Conference has announced the postponement of Conference schedules and championships in MVC-sponsored fall sports.
The decision impacts MVC sports that compete in their championship seasons in the fall (men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball). The Conference will continue to evaluate options for conducting MVC competition in these sports and potentially participating in NCAA championships during the spring of 2021.
Plans for MVC-sponsored winter and spring sports (men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field; women's swimming and diving; baseball, softball, women's tennis; men's and women's golf) are not impacted at this time.
During the fall months, MVC student-athletes in all sports will be allowed to participate in athletically-related activities (e.g., nonconference competition, practices, strength and conditioning sessions, team meetings) consistent with institutional policies, public health guidelines and NCAA and Conference regulations.
The MVC COVID-19 Working Group consisting of athletics administrators, faculty athletics representatives, sports medicine personnel and student-athletes will continue to monitor the national and local landscapes and work diligently to develop protocols for a safe return to MVC regular-season and championship competition by the Conference’s student-athletes.