An unprecedented day for American sports has peaked with the cancellation of the country’s biggest sporting event of the year and all competitions for the Big Ten Conference.
NCAA Tournament Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors made the decision to cancel the Division 1 men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, along with the remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) March 12, 2020
This means the Indoor Track and Field Championships and Wrestling National Championships, both set for this weekend, are done. This also means that the College World Series and other spring championships won’t happen.
Immediately following the NCAA announcment, the Big Ten Conference canceled “all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year”.
Big Ten cancels all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year and announces a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities for the foreseeable future. https://t.co/bBVXWLqzvg
— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) March 12, 2020
That end the seasons of Husker baseball in the first year under new head coach Will Bolt, softball about to have their first home weekend of games, and track and field, which was set to compete in their final season with Ed Weir Stadium in its current location. All other Husker sports are now done as well.
Earlier Thursday, Nebraska Athletics moved to limit attendance at the remaining competitions, including football’s Red-White game and volleyball’s spring match. No word yet on the fate of those events, but both will likely have the same fate as in season competitions.