BYU Fall Sports In WCC Will Have Delayed Start Due To COVID-19

Jul 16, 2020, 12:27 PM | Updated: 10:59 pm

PROVO, Utah – The West Coast Conference (WCC) announced on Thursday that all fall sports in the conference will have a delayed start due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall sports in the WCC will not begin any sooner than September 24th, 2020.

BYU is a member of all fall sports in the WCC except for football where the Cougars are an FBS Independent.

“With the health and safety of student-athletes paramount in all decisions, the West Coast Conference Presidents’ Council will delay the beginning of fall competition in all Conference sports. WCC programs will not participate in any competition prior to Sept. 24, 2020.

“The welfare of student-athletes is of primary importance in all decisions. Discussions focused on the health and welfare of WCC students, personnel, fans, and local communities. The Conference and its membership understand that providing a safe environment while dealing with this virus has an impact on each of our campus communities as well as our global community.”

Women’s soccer, cross country, women’s volleyball, tennis, and golf are sports where BYU fields teams in the fall offerings in the WCC.

BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe issued a statement in response to the WCC delaying fall sports.

“As we make plans for our fall athletic seasons, we appreciate the dialog and attention the WCC has gone through to review the variety of circumstances at member schools and consider the safety of our student-athletes. We are in the process of working on our fall sports schedules given the parameters provided by the WCC and appreciate the flexibility to schedule non-conference competition with other universities.”

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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