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Olivet Nazarene Football, NAIA sports pushed to Spring 2021 due to COVID-19

BOURBONNAIS — Olivet Nazarene University announced on Friday it will not play Football this upcoming fall and will attempt to pick the season back up in Spring 2021.

The announcement came after the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Friday morning that the 2020 Football National Championship will be postponed until the Spring of 2021. 

Olivet Nazarene University is a NAIA member.

The league also announced that individual schools will be permitted to play a small number of non-conference games in the fall if permitted by their respective administrations. Olivet made no indication they would make use of that offer.

This is in light of a decision that was made on Tuesday, July 28, where the NAIA postponed the men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball fall national championships until the Spring of 2021.  This decision that was made by the NAIA does not rule out conferences to compete in the fall or winter, if they so choose to. Prior to this decision made by the NAIA, 51 institutions have already opted to postpone fall competition until the Spring of 2021.  

The exact dates for league match-ups as well as tournament championships will be determined by the conference scheduling committee once the NAIA announces its national championship dates for each of the sports that have been affected.  

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