The coronavirus pandemic has formally cut up the world of big-time faculty soccer in two.
Two of the game’s Energy 5 conferences—the Large Ten and Pac-12—this week concluded that staging a season within the fall would pose undue risk to athletes’ well being and security. They delayed all fall sports activities till subsequent spring, a minimum of.
The opposite three—the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast and Large-12 conferences—regarded on the similar out there data and got here to the other conclusion. They’re satisfied—for now—that they’ll make a season work and are pushing ahead.
The chaos probably units the stage for a really unusual season wherein a few of the nation’s prime powers might vie for a nationwide championship whereas the remaining stew at residence. It highlights the ungoverned nature of faculty soccer, wherein nobody, together with the NCAA, is totally in cost, leaving highly effective faculties and conferences to push their very own agendas.