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Duke and Kansas have suspended intercollegiate athletics

Two of the favorites in the NCAA Tournament have decided, even if it’s played, that they might not be participating

Duke Blue Devils guard Tre Jones reacts during the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils won 89-76.  Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two of the blue bloods of college sports have decided to stop participating in intercollegiate athletics for the near future.

Both the Duke Blue Devils and the Kansas Jayhawks have decided to pull back from varsity competition for now.

Kansas was likely to be selected as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, while Duke was favored for a top-four line as well. Kansas has said they are in a wait-and-see approach, per reporter Morgan Cormack.

As far as the NCAA tournament itself, for now it is scheduled to be played in the same locations that were originally prescribed for games, but without fans in the stands.

We’ll continue to have breaking news related to the impact of coronavirus across all sports. Right now the NBA, NHL, and MLS have all decided to suspend their seasons, while for now the XFL and PGA Tour intend to play without fans in attendance. Soccer leagues across the world have also taken varying steps from suspension of the league to playing in front of empty stadiums.