The Missouri Valley Conference postponed fall sports on Friday, August 14, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Indiana State University’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball teams will not have a fall season,” said an August 14 news release from the Indiana State University Office of the President, “The decision was made by the league’s Presidents and Athletic Directors because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the NCAA’s cancellation of all Division 1 fall championships.”

The Missouri Valley Conference’s decision comes after six Indiana State University football players tested positive for COVID-19.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes is always our foremost concern,” said Sherard Clinkscales, Director of Athletics at ISU, in an August 3 press release, “Our doctors and training staff instituted and followed strict protocols on monitoring and testing student-athletes.” 

It is unclear how the six players contracted COVID-19 as they were quarantined prior to testing.

“None of the six players participated in the football team’s ‘March for Justice’ on Sunday, August 2, because they were in quarantine,” said an August 3 news release from the Office of the President and Provost at ISU, “Others who were close to those players were also in quarantine.” 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and six players testing positive for the virus, the Indiana State University football season has also been postponed. 

“The Missouri Valley Football Conference on Friday night, August 7, announced that the league’s President’s Council voted to postpone the conference season but allow up to three non-conference games in the fall,” said an August 7 news release from the Office of the President and Provost at ISU, “The league left open the possibility of a spring season culminating in a potential NCAA championship tournament.”

Other fall sports that have been cancelled alongside football might receive a spring season too.

“Today’s decision by the MVC does not impact winter or spring sports, which are still scheduled at this time,” the August 3 news release said, “It is possible MVC fall sports will have a season in the spring.”

The Missouri Valley Conference will allow student athletes to participate in athletics related activities provided they follow guidelines from public health agencies and the NCAA.

“The MVC said that during the fall, student-athletes in all sports will be allowed to participate in athletically-related activities such as practices, strength and conditioning, and team meetings,” an August 14 news release said, “Those decisions will be guided public health agencies, institutional policy, and NCAA regulations.”