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ACC won’t play fall sports before Sept. 1

The move would not affect the football season but will impact volleyball and cross country.
The Miami Hurricanes and other ACC teams reportedly won't be playing any official games until Sept. 1 at the earliest.
The Miami Hurricanes and other ACC teams reportedly won't be playing any official games until Sept. 1 at the earliest. [ Times ]
Published Jul. 9, 2020
Updated Jul. 9, 2020

The ACC has postponed the start of its fall sports season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The conference announced Thursday that it won’t allow games or competitions before Sept. 1. The decision was unanimously approved by the ACC’s board of directors.

Football is unaffected. The first scheduled ACC football game is North Carolina State at Louisville on Sept. 2. Most other teams, including Florida State and Miami, are scheduled to kick off that Saturday, Sept. 5.

But other sports will be impacted, including soccer. The Seminoles and Hurricanes both have cross country meets set for Aug. 30. FSU has volleyball matches on Aug. 30-31. Miami’s women’s soccer team was set to start playing exhibition games on Aug. 12.

“The decision allows each campus to further focus on ensuring return to competition protocols are in place to facilitate the resocialization process...” the league said in a statement. “The league continues to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on fall schedules and competitions with the understanding that there may be future changes, and that the priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes.”

The ACC’s announcement comes a day after the Ivy League canceled its fall sports, including football, because of the pandemic. The Ivy League didn’t rule out trying to play them in the spring.

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