Fall olympic sports postponed, football action scheduled

Fall olympic sports postponed, football action scheduled

Due to Conference USA’s announcement regarding the postponement of soccer and volleyball competition, all of Marshall University’s fall Olympic sports have been postponed until the spring because of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Per the NCAA Division I Board of Directors’ decision, all fall sports championships will be played in the spring.

C-USA schools will be able to compete for a conference championship and for a spot in the NCAA Championships.

“We value the opportunity for our schools to compete at the highest level and play for championships,” Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod said. “Moving these sports to the spring maintains those opportunities for our student-athletes, coaches and fans.”

However, football is still resumed to play during the 2020 season.

Marshall will not participate and compete in eight fall sports: men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s tennis.

“Even though I’m disappointed that our teams won’t be able to play this fall, I understand and support the decision to postpone until spring, which gives our student-athletes an opportunity to compete for championships,” Marshall director of athletics Mike Hamrick said per HerdZone. “With so many conferences postponing as well, we were unable to schedule acceptable amounts of contests. We hope to be able to do that in the spring.”

The Thundering Herd football team is still scheduled to kick off the 2020 season with its home opener against the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

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