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20 Michigan junior colleges moving most fall, winter sports to spring for 2020-21 – MLive.com

The NJCAA approved a plan to push back the start of all sports seasons, except cross country, to January 2021 at the earliest.

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The National Junior College Athletic Associations Board of Regents approved Monday a plan to move most fall and winter sports to the spring for the 2020-21 academic year as a precaution against the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Only mens and womens cross country will run during their scheduled season under the plan, which alters the athletic landscape for 20 colleges in Michigan that compete at the NJCAA level.
Under the plan, NJCAA volleyball teams will be limited to 21 competition dates and can hold matches as early as Jan 29, 2021, while mens and womens soccer teams can play up to 14 games beginning as early as April 2.
As far as winter sports go, mens and womens basketball teams can begin playing their maximum of 22 regular-season games on Jan. 22, with national championship rounds happening in late April.
Other Michigan junior college programs affected include the winters sports of wrestling, bowling, swimming and diving and indoor track.
Spring sports competition remains intact, with minor adjustments to dates.
For a complete list of start dates and competition limits for each sport, click here.
“Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes,” NJCAA President and CEO Dr. Christopher Parker said in a press release. “Through a unified effort from our Presidential Advisory Council, the Board of Regents, and leadership staff, our most recent plan of action provides a path that keeps our student-athletes competing at the highest level with proper safety measures in place. As we move forward as an association, we will continue to provide opportunities for our student-athletes, coaches, and all those involved with the NJCAA to be safe and successful.”
Among the state’s top teams affected by the nationwide changes include the Muskegon Community College and Schoolcraft College men’s basketball teams, which both earned top-five seeds in the NJCAA tournament, the undefeated Macomb Community College women’s basketball team and the nationally ranked Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team.
We want our student-athletes to be able to compete in the safest possible environment, GRCC President Bill Pink said in a press release. This is an unprecedented move, but we are living in extraordinary times. We respect the NJCAA decision, and we will continue planning with recent guidance while keeping the academic success, safety and the health of our student athletes as the top priority.
The new schedule will also have ramifications at the Division-I level, as fall sports programs looking to recruit the junior college ranks will have to wait until well after National Signing Day in February to see a full season of highlight tape from potential prospects.
While there arent any NJCAA football programs in Michigan, there are several Division-I college programs in the state that recruit the JUCO ranks, and it will be interesting to see how the move from fall to spring affects that recruiting front.
Michigan’s colleges that participate in athletics at the NJCAA level are:
– Alpena Community College
– Delta College
– Glen Oaks Community College
– Gogebic Community College
– Grand Rapids Community College
– Henry Ford Community College
– Jackson Community College
– Kalamazoo Valley Community College
– Kellogg Community College
– Kirtland Community College
– Lake Michigan College
– Lansing Community College
– Macomb Community College
– Mid Michigan Community College
– Mott Community College
– Muskegon Community College
– Oakland Community College
– Schoolcraft College
– St. Clair County Community College
– Wayne County Community College
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Two Gamecocks opt out of 2020 season – 247Sports.com

Two Gamecocks will sit out of the 2020 season.

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Two of the South Carolina football players have elected to opt out of the 2020 season, and one is a starter. Offensive linemen Jordan Rhodes and Mark Fox are going to sit out the year due to concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rhodes appeared in all 12 games last season and had 10 starts at the left guard spot. He also appeared in four games as a redshirt freshman in 2018. Fox is a redshirt freshman who did not see any action during his first season with the Gamecocks.
“We certainly respect the…

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Big Ten to start 10-game conference slate on Sept. 3; Michigan-Ohio State to be Oct. 24 – ESPN

The Big Ten football schedule has two bye weeks built in for each team, with the regular season ending Nov. 21 and the conference title game on Dec. 5. There is ample flexibility to account for games that need to be rescheduled.

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The Big Ten will play a 10-game, conference-only football schedule that begins Labor Day weekend and includes ample flexibility, the league announced Wednesday morning.
Each team has two open weeks, and the schedule has four weeks built in to reschedule games, including a league-wide open week on Nov. 28. The model allows for opening games on the weekend of Sept. 3-5 to be moved to Sept. 12, Sept. 19 or Sept. 26 “through strategic sequencing.”
The regular season is set to wrap up Nov. 21, and …

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Michigan State football forced to play in Ann Arbor in reworked Big Ten schedule – Detroit Free Press

Here’s what we know about Michigan State football’s revamped Big Ten schedule.

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Michigan State Spartans football coach Mel Tucker speaks to the media on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in East Lansing.
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If there is college football this fall, Mel Tucker’s debut at Michigan State won’t be against the opponent he expected.
But he also would face Michigan sooner than planned. And not in Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans are scheduled to open the 10-game revamped Big Ten-only season at home against Minnesota the week of Sept. 3-5, the conference revealed Wednesday morn…

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