INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA is being asked today if college football and other intercollegiate contests will be played given the tragic events unfolding in the country today. Our thoughts and concerns are with everyone affected, and we believe it is important to focus on the safety of people nationwide.
Conferences and individual schools have authority to determine whether to play regular season games. Given questions from the media and inquiries being received from our member schools and conferences, the NCAA is engaged in discussions with college presidents and conference commissioners to assist them in making decisions about conducting athletics contests, particularly college football games over the next several days.
"The games themselves are insignificant in the face of what has happened today," said Cedric Dempsey, NCAA president. "Our focus is entirely on the safety of student-athletes, athletics personnel and fans. We urge schools to make sound decisions about proceeding with contests today and in the coming days."The NCAA will cooperate with any executive orders that may be issued by the President.