ACC delays start of fall sports

Fall sports competitions in the ACC will be delayed until at least Sept. 1, a decision unanimously approved by the conference's board of directors and announced Thursday by the league.

The decision will impact several sports, including men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country and volleyball at Pitt, but not football -- for now. North Carolina State is at Louisville on Sept. 2 in the ACC opener. Pitt's opener is scheduled for Sept.5 against Miami (Ohio).

Pitt has yet to release schedules for its soccer, cross country and volleyball teams.

In 2019, the men's soccer team played two exhibitions and a match before Sept. 1, the women's soccer team got in a pair of exhibitions and three matches, the cross country teams participated in a meet and the volleyball team had two exhibitions and three matches.

The ACC's decision was the first made by a Power 5 conference, and the latest in a recent wave of moves made by Division I schools and conferences in other divisions. The Patriot League pushed its start date back to Sept. 4, and the Ivy League announced the cancellation of fall sports.

North Carolina on Wednesday paused its voluntary workouts after the school announced 37 people within the athletic department tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Pitt began its offseason model when the football team returned to campus June 8.  The basketball, soccer and volleyball teams followed June 29. Return dates for other sports have not been announced.

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