In news that is as disappointing as it is unsurprising, the NCAA has canceled all Division III winter championships. 61.8% of 109 teams indicated an intention to compete enough to be postseason eligible. The previously published cutoff was 70%. Of all winter championships, wrestling was the only sport above 52.3% of teams competing. I will have more thoughts tomorrow, but for now, read the official release below.
During its review of the declaration data, the Championships Committee determined participation numbers in all nine winter sports are well below the established threshold to provide a national championships experience. These established thresholds are 60% for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and 70% for men’s and women’s ice hockey and wrestling.