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NCAA cancels all winter and spring championships

All remaining NCAA Tournaments will not be played.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

The NCAA has effectively ended college sports for the 2019-20 academic year by canceling all remaining winter and spring championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, the NCAA announced that it would play all NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament games without spectators, limiting attendance to “essential staff and limited family attendance.”

But since then, the NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS all suspended play while most conferences put an end to their respective men’s basketball tournaments.

While the NCAA did not formally put an end to all intercollegiate sporting events, some conferences have also began to cancel its spring sports schedule — a move the AAC made earlier on Thursday. It seems likely that every league will soon follow suit.

Many colleges and universities, including UConn, have either shifted online classes only or have shut down their campus entirely, in the case of Harvard.

From a UConn perspective, this affects the women’s basketball team the most as Geno Auriemma’s team punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament after winning the AAC Tournament on Monday.