PATRIOT LEAGUE SUSPENDS FALL SPORTS
The Patriot League has announced the suspension of fall sports for 2020 due to COVID 19 pandemic. Locally this affects Loyola College, American University, and Navy. The good news for Navy is the league has allowed them to play non conference games as long as academy leadership agrees. This exception also covers Army West Point. Competition is a key component of the physical development for academy students. Both academies are in the process of reforming their students for the fall session and have set up a comprehensive testing program as directed by the Department of Defense.
As soon as the announcement was made athletic director Chet Gladchuk met with the fall coaches to start planning. He said any school between New York and North Carolina is fair game to schedule. Men’s soccer coach Tim O’Donohue told the Annapolis Capital that he hopes to schedule 8 or 9 games and could play Army two or three times. Women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and both cross country teams are the other sports trying to setup schedules. Maryland is unavailable because the Big 10 announced it will only play conference games in the fall.
Navy’s football team is unaffected by this because it is a member of the American Athletic Conference, That league is still trying to play as close to a full season as possible. AD Gladchuk told espn.com the Army/Navy game is still planned for Philadelphia in December with or without fans.