By Harry Allison

Villanova and the rest of Division I athletes who play sports normally conducted in the fall will get to compete for a championship this season — they will just have until after the calendar flips to 2021.

The NCAA Division 1 Board of Directors has approved a plan to move fall sports championships — including the FCS championship — to spring 2021.

The plan for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball and men’s water polo was created by the Division 1 Competition Oversight Committee with the sports committees, while the plan for the Football Championship Subdivision was created by the Division 1 Football Oversight Committee in conjunction with the FCS committee.

“The plan sent to us by the Division I Council provides the maximum number of opportunities to fall student-athletes to participate in NCAA championships while still being fiscally responsible,” said acting board chair Denise Trauth, who is president at Texas State. “We look forward to the spring, understanding things will look a little different but knowing the competitions will be just as meaningful as in normal circumstances.”