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NCAA cancels all winter and spring championship tournaments

The cancellations mean no March Madness or College World Series.

NCAA Basketball: UCLA at Southern California Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

In an official statement on Thursday, the NCAA has decided to cancel all remaining winter and spring champion in response to the public health threat of COVID-19. This comes after a number of universities, including USC, canceled the remainder of their winter sports and their spring football schedules.

For those keeping track at home, that means besides March Madness, there will be no College World Series or any other championship for the forseeable future.

“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.”

It’s a rough way to see the end of so many promising collegiate careers happen like this. When the Ivy League canceled all spring sports, they made a statement regarding an attempt to get their players another year of eligibility due to the circumstances. I would hope the NCAA deems it a worthy excuse to allow certain sports to provide an additional redshirt year for their players who are hit the hardest.