Big East cancels nonconference schedules for fall

The Big East announced Thursday that it has decided to cancel its nonconference schedules for fall sports.

The decision applies to men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer and volleyball. There is no timetable for a decision on basketball scheduling.

No decision has been made about in-conference competition and championships, the Big East said in its statement.

The Big East said it would continue monitoring the situation and update as appropriate.

The moves come amid the coronavirus pandemic, sparking scheduling changes across the country in all divisions. On the Power 5 level, The Pac-12 and Big Ten have canceled nonconference games for fall sports as well, including football. The ACC and SEC have both announced they are delaying the start of the fall season for all sports except football through at least Sept. 1.

The Mid-American Conference on Thursday, citing the "caution for the health and well-being of the student-athletes, coaches and others involved," said it would postpone the start of field hockey, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's and women's cross country competition until Sept. 3.

That decision aligns with the start of football season for the MAC and would allow all fall sports to begin at the same time. Any matchups affected by the postponements would be left to the individual schools.

The West Coast Conference on Thursday delayed the start of its fall sports season until Sept. 24, affecting men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball.

Men's and women's basketball are not scheduled to begin play until Nov. 10, and the football teams for BYU and San Diego are not affected by the WCC announcement.

Meanwhile, the Horizon League decided it would delay the start of fall sports until Oct. 1 and that rescheduling of nonconference contests impacted by the postponed start will be determined by each school. Affected sports include men's and women's soccer, volleyball and men's and women's cross country.

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg contributed to this report.