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8/18/2020 8:47:00 AM
Will They Or Won't They?

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Will they or won't they? While the Big 10, the Pac 10, and multiple other conferences have decided against having intercollegiate Fall sports, some opting to play football, for example, in the Spring of next year, there are still some schools that are hoping to play beginning next month.

Appalachian State has added games September 19th at Marshall and at home in Boone September 26th against Campbell.

App State lost all four of their originally scheduled 2020 nonconference opponents – Morgan State, Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Massachusetts – but then added a September 12th home game against Charlotte. The Sun Belt Conference made a decision to allow each league school to play up to four nonconference games in addition to the eight-game league slate.

Campbell is a member of the Big South Conference, which announced last week that it is delaying its Fall sport seasons (with the intent of playing in the Spring), but its institutions may play up to four nonconference football games in the fall.

Charlotte is a member of Conference USA, which hasn't decided to cancel its Fall schedule, although one of the member schools, Old Dominion, did. The App State game will now be the first of the season for the 49ers, whose original first game on the schedule was at UNC in Chapel Hill on the 19th. So far, the ACC, like the Southeast Conference and the Big 12, has maintained plans to play this Fall.

High school sports in North Carolina won't begin until mid-November--and even that isn't certain. The NCHSAA decided last week on a new schedule that moves football to the Spring and delays the season for many other sports.

Chances are you read our article about the schedule changes last week. There's more to the story: The NCHSAA issued a temporary moratorium on all conference and non-conference scheduling for its member schools in a memo sent to the membership last Friday morning (Aug. 14th).

In the email, Commissioner Que Tucker says the moratorium will be in place until a 32-member ad-hoc committee and the board of directors has a chance to "fully evaluate the details regarding each sport, conference competition, non-conference competition, previously signed contracts, playoff competition/qualification, etc."

Tucker said schools and conferences can continue to plan in an unofficial capacity, but that no official schedules can be set.

Tucker said the NCHSAA hopes to provide additional details by September 4th.

A couple of additional cancellations in sports news: Catawba Valley Community College has cancelled its second annual golf tournament which was originally set for Monday, Sept. 21st at Catawba Country Club. Appalachian State has decided to cancel its cross country season-opening Covered Bridge Open, which had been scheduled for September 4th at State Farm Fields.

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In case you missed it, here's the link to the current revised high school sports calendar released last Wednesday (Aug. 12th) by the NCHSAA:

Amended 2020-2021
NCHSAA Sports Calendar


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