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story.lead_photo.caption Lincoln quarterback Chancellor Johnson reads the Western Missouri defense and pulls the handoff from running back Michael Jones, Jr., before scrambling for yardage during a game last season at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Photo by News Tribune / News Tribune.

The MIAA announced Friday it is suspending all fall sports competitions.

The suspension, made by the MIAA CEO Council, will last until Jan. 1, 2021. The conference stated it is looking into the possibility of a limited number of football, volleyball, and men's and women's soccer competitions in the spring.

"The health and well-being of MIAA student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and our communities continues to be the Association's top priority," Pittsburg State University president Steve Scott, chairperson of the MIAA CEO Council, said in a statement released by the conference. "The MIAA is taking these important actions today to help our athletic departments comply with these new NCAA membership requirements, and to assist our campuses as we continue to address this public health crisis."

The MIAA had already postponed the start of the football season, which would have had a limited schedule, until early October.

Lincoln fall sports affected are football and women's cross country, as well limited men's and women's golf schedules. Golf conference and NCAA championships are held in the spring.

All NCAA athletically related activities — including in-season practices, out-of-season practices, weight training, team athletically related meetings, and voluntary workouts directed by staff or in institutional facilities — will be permitted this fall based on each institution's ability to comply with the Aug. 11 NCAA Policy Clarifications document regarding the requirements for each division to conduct fall sports (non-competition) activities.

The NCAA called off championships in all Division II fall sports earlier this month.

The MIAA will delay a decision on the winter sports competition schedule until Oct. 1 at the latest.

"The MIAA CEO Council will continue to monitor this fluid and evolving situation for college athletics, and make necessary changes to this plan per updated NCAA guidance and restrictions," MIAA commissioner Mike Racy said.

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