Horizon League Cancels Conference Games Before Oct. 1

INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League, the collegiate athletics conference Youngstown State University plays in for all sports except football and bowling, has delayed the start of fall sports until at least Oct. 1.

Rescheduling nonconference games that are to be played before that date will be determined by each school individually.

“The delay in competition includes all exhibition, league and non-league contests in all sports (championship and nonchampionship). Decisions related to training and practice will be left to members’ discretion,” the Horizon League said in a statement. “The Horizon League Council will continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19, and will evaluate fall schedules and competitions with the understanding that there may be future changes. The council will continue to be guided by our top priority: the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff.”

The Missouri Valley Football Conference, in which the Penguins compete in football, has not issued a decision on whether or not any games will be canceled. The Ivy League and Patriot League, which compete at the same level as YSU, have canceled all fall sports including football. At the top-tier FBS level, the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference have canceled nonconference competitions.

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