The Ivy League announced Tuesday that it has canceled the men’s and women’s conference basketball tournaments slated to be held at Harvard’s Lavietes Pavilion Friday through Sunday in response to coronavirus concerns, declaring the Princeton women and Yale men, the Ivy League regular season champions, the automatic qualifiers to the NCAA tournaments.
“We understand and share the disappointment with student-athletes, coaches and fans who will not be able to participate in these tournaments,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said. “Regrettably, the information and recommendations presented to us from public health authorities and medical professionals have convinced us that this is the most prudent decision.”
The announcement came the same day as Harvard announced that the university would move all courses to remote instruction after spring break beginning March 23 due to the global coronavirus outbreak. It also came the same day as Cornell Athletics announced that fans would not be permitted at the ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship quarterfinals (Cornell vs. Princeton) and NCAA Women’s Hockey Championship quarterfinals (Cornell vs. Mercyhurst) in Ithaca.
- All tickets for the Ivy League Basketball Tournaments will be refunded in full, per the league, which said ticket holders with any questions should contact the Harvard ticket office.
Health concerns aside, it’s a jarring ending to the season, unexpectedly cutting short the collegiate playing careers of many student-athletes.
Horrible, horrible, horrible decision and total disregard for the players and teams that have put their hearts into this season. This is wrong on so many levels and the @IvyLeague should do its due diligence to find a better solution. Everyone knows the risks of playing! https://t.co/HQXprzX9q6
— Bryce Aiken (@BryceAiken) March 10, 2020
— Tommy McCarthy (@TOMMYMAC_2015) March 10, 2020
obviously great for a few, but this is yet another example of @IvyLeague administration failing to recognize the student-athlete experience in the same regard as every other student. seniors just worked on a year long thesis for higher powers to toss it in a shredder – hurts. https://t.co/ze4TY23bkI
— trey phills (@tphillss) March 10, 2020
— Mike Mahoney (@MMPennAC) March 10, 2020
Wow, I mean I guess we are back in the tournament. 🤷🏾♂️😂 https://t.co/7Zip1Oe6XL
— Justin Sears (@Jussears5) March 10, 2020