PITTSBURGH-- Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Athletics has announced it will not participate in intercollegiate athletics competition this fall. The university announced its decision on Wednesday afternoon. The announcement came one day after the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) released its plan to have its member schools play conference-only games.
CMU is an associated member of the PAC.
“Over the past few months, we have explored every possible avenue for a safe return to play,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor in an e-mail message to Carnegie Mellon student-athletes. “In the message that I wrote to you last month, I noted that the health and safety of our students, staff and community members are at the forefront of every decision we make. With that as our guiding principle, we cannot appropriately return to sport at this time.”
CMU's decision to cancel fall sports includes men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, football and volleyball.
CMU's Athletic Administrators Committee intends to address winter sports that begin practice and competition later in the fall semester (e.g., basketball) once their respective institutional policies on return to campus, travel, and gatherings are further defined.
“In the coming weeks, I will share more information for how we will engage our teams throughout the semester. We will be active, we will learn, we will find ways to come together,” Centor said. “Our staff will do everything we can to find opportunities for our student-athletes to pursue their passion for team and sport this coming semester, despite these unprecedented and disappointing circumstances.”
Carnegie Mellon’s position follows a decision by the University Athletic Association, which was also announced Wednesday.