Big East Postpones Fall Sports

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The Big East on Wednesday became the latest of college athletics' prominent conferences to suspend the fall sports season due to the coronavirus.

The affected sports include men's and women's soccer, cross country, volleyball and field hockey. The Big East hasn't sponsored a football season since 2013, after which the conference was realigned following the defection of several prominent football programs.

The conference said in a statement that it was "assessing alternative options" with the hope of playing fall sports in the spring.

The announcement comes just a day after the Big Ten and Pac-12 -- two of college football's so-called Power 5 conferences -- said they were suspending their fall sports amid the uncertainty.

The Big 12 on Wednesday bucked that trend, saying it intended to proceed with its football season as scheduled.

The University of Connecticut, who recently rejoined the Big East for most sports after a stint in the AAC but remained independent in football, was the first FBS school to call off its football season last week.

Traditionally a basketball-first conference, the Big East lost most of its top football programs -- among them Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Syracuse, Miami, Boston College and Rutgers -- in recent decades, eventually leading to the folding of the sport altogether.

Still a relevant basketball conference, the league said it was planning on holding winter sports, including both the men's and women's hoops seasons, as scheduled.