GLEN ELLYN – The College of DuPage announced on Thursday that football and other fall contact sports will be moved to the spring 2021 season.
Citing safety as a top priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of DuPage said that only sports considered non-contact or low-risk, including men's and women's cross country, men's golf and women's tennis will be played during the fall 2020 semester.
Football, men's and women's soccer and volleyball will be moved to spring 2021. Also, men's and women's basketball are postponed to 2021.
"After a tremendous amount of deliberation and study as well as with the health of student-athletes and coaches as the College's highest priority, we hope to compete in the 2020-21 academic year," College of DuPage Athletic Director Ryan Kaiser said in a statement. "Our continued goal is to support and keep our student-athletes engaged through the fall 2020 semester, and to regain some sense of normalcy throughout these trying times."
Kaiser said that medium-risk sports, such as baseball, softball, track and field, and men's tennis are anticipated for their spring seasons.
"We are constantly assessing measures to secure the health of all of our Chaparral programs, and we understand that all of us are living in a fluid time where things can change rapidly," he said.
The announcement came on the same day that the Big Ten decided that it would play a conference-only season for fall sports, including football. On Wednesday the Ivy League became the first Division I conference to postpone fall sports until at least the spring of 2021.