Big East becomes latest to only compete within the conference this fall

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The logo for the Big East Conference is displayed on a row of courtside chairs at the Big East Conference women’s basketball tournament in Hartford, Conn., Friday, March 8, 2013. The Big East has reached an agreement with seven departing basketball members that will allow them to separate from the football schools and create their own conference on July 1. Commissioner Mike Aresco told The Associated Press on Friday the seven Catholic schools that are leaving to form a basketball-centric conference will get the Big East name, along with the opportunity to play their league tournament in Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Big East Conference on Thursday announced updated plans for fall sports amid the coronavirus pandemic that include only competing against other teams within the conference.

The Big East Conference said it’s not making any decisions about fall sports conference competitions or championships, but that it will continue to pay attention to COVID-19 conditions.

“All decisions regarding fall conference competition will continue to be guided first and foremost by the health and safety of BIG EAST campuses and their athletics program participants and will be made in accordance with NCAA actions and policies,” it wrote in a statement.

Schools that are a part of the conference include Butler University, the University of Connecticut, Creighton University, DePaul University, Marquette University, Providence College, St. John’s University, Seton Hall University, Villanova University and Xavier University. The sports affected are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey.

The conference said its plans for the winter and spring sports seasons will remain the same.

The Big East joins conferences like the Big Ten and Pac-12 who, within the past few weeks, also announced conference-only schedules. The Ivy League also canceled all sporting events over COVID-19 concerns at the beginning of July.

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