MVC delays start of fall sports

By Brooke Buerck, Editor

The Missouri Valley Conference announced Monday they are delaying the start of fall sports until Sept. 18. 

Upon resuming, MVC men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball will see competitions between conference-only teams. 

The delayed start does not include football, since the Missouri Valley Football Conference falls under a separate jurisdiction. 

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Saluki football is currently scheduled to begin their season on Aug. 29 against University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kan. 

“Fall competitive schedules for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf and women’s tennis will also be delayed until Sept. 18, as will the non-championship fall seasons for baseball and softball,” the MVC’s announcement said. 

In addition, practices for MVC-sponsored sports will not begin until Aug. 17. 

The post said winter and spring sports are not impacted as of now, but the MVC and its council will “monitor national developments and, if necessary, will consider additional action as dictated by circumstances.” 

Saluki women’s soccer is scheduled to face Valparaiso at home on Sept. 18 with a 6:30 kickoff, while Saluki volleyball’s first game is currently scheduled on Sept. 28 for 5 p.m. against Bradley University at home. 

SIU men’s golf’s first scheduled invitational tournament will be on Sept. 23 at the Graeme McDowell Invitational, and Saluki women’s golf is scheduled to compete in the Pirate Collegiate Classic tournament at East Carolina University on Sept. 21. 

SIU cross country teams are not scheduled to compete until Oct. 3 at the Gans Creek Classic at the University of Missouri. 

Editor Brooke Buerck can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @bbuerck25.

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