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The latest episode of This Week in College Rugby looks at how D1A has shut down the season.
Host Tom Eschen speaks with D1A Commissioner Kevin Battle about the decision to end the season because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Between last week's action and the shutdown, there was one game played, with Central Washington beating Army, and Eschen speaks with CWU Head Coach Todd Thornley.
The shuttering of the collegiate season offers an opportunity for USA Rugby to fix a broken sevens system.
For years now, we've been chasing the game when it comes to the collegiate sevens landscape. We're not talking entirely about how the CRC beat USA Rugby to the punch back in 2010 (although it did); what we are talking about it planning.
Should USA Rugby, D1A, and NSCRO award college rugby players an additional year of eligibility because o the season has been shut down due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?
Coaches and observers have already put forth that idea, some within hours of hearing that USA Rugby has shut down the season. And there's no gray area here—the college rugby season is over.
How about some virtual playoffs?
With the D1A season ended and there being no playoffs for the 2019-2020 season, we can instead just speculate. Here goes:
Based on the seedings and the rules that conference champions host the first round, we seed the host teams first: