Category: Sports

Irvine, California - The Big West Conference Board of Directors announced today that Big West fall sports competition will be postponed through the end of the calendar year. In making the decision, the Board recognized the continued serious challenges to health and safety on Big West campuses and communities impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

"Although I am heartbroken by the difficult decision of Big West Conference university presidents and chancellors to postpone fall sports competition, I wholeheartedly support the intent - to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our scholar-athletes, coaches, staff and others involved with the operation of our 23 sport programs," said Earl W. Edwards, UC San Diego Director of Athletics.  "Until we see the trends associated with this pandemic turn favorable, the decision to place a hold on competition is the right thing to do.  Nothing is more important than ensuring the scholar-athletes under our care are able to join their classmates this fall as part of the Return To Learn program in a safe and supportive environment."
This decision by Big West leadership will impact all UC San Diego intercollegiate athletic competitions, including those not competing as members of the Big West Conference – most notably, the men's water polo program that competes during the fall as a member of the Western Water Polo Association.  A decision on the status of the upcoming basketball season will be determined as health and safety guidelines permit.
The postponement of fall competition does not impact the status of the UC San Diego athletic program's transition to NCAA Division I competition.  The Tritons enter the first of a four-year transition period toward full Division I membership, which concludes in spring 2024.  The program remains committed to fulfilling the purpose of its move to Division I:  To elevate the student experience, strengthen alumni connections, increase community engagement and expand the university's national brand.
To read more about the impact of athletics on the scholar-athlete and general student experience, click here.

Additional clarification from the Big West Conference:

Health and safety of Big West student-athletes, coaches, staff and the campus community continue to be the preeminent priorities for the CEO's of the conference's 11 institutions. As medical and scientific data rapidly evolves surrounding the pandemic, the conference will continue to monitor developments and will consider additional actions as needed.