“We can not have at this point fall NCAA championships because there aren’t enough schools participating,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a video posted by the NCAA’s official Twitter account. “The board of governors established if you don’t have half of the schools playing a sport, you can’t have a legitimate championship. We can’t in any Division I NCAA championship sport now, which is everything other than FBS football, that goes on in the fall. Sadly, tragically, that’s going to be the case this fall, full stop.”
The Horizon League’s decision affects Wright State’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, men’s and women’s cross country team, men’s golf team and women’s volleyball team.
“I can tell you as a competitor and speaking for our student-athletes — our awesome student-athletes and our coaches — this stinks right now,” Grant said. “If you’re a competitor, this is not a good situation.”
Grant mentioned Wright State won the McCafferty Trophy last June for the first time. The award goes to the most successful university in the league with men’s and women’s teams earning points based on where they finish in the Horizon League championships.
“You look at what our volleyball team accomplished last fall,” Grant said. “First (Wright State) team ever to get an at-large bid to the NCAAs. They are back and loaded and ready to roll. So they’re in neutral right now. Our men’s soccer team went to the NCAAs last year. I believe they are the best team in the league. Knocked Notre Dame out of the NCAAs. They’re now parked in neutral. I’m hopeful that we’ll have something developed so we can play in the spring. That’ll be determined at some point in the future. We’re back again to being super fluid, and everything is still somewhat uncertain.”