There will still be college men’s volleyball national champion, even with the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament.
Off the Block announced Thursday that it will present the 2020 Division I-II men’s volleyball national champion through the use of a combined national coaches and media poll.
“This is not an ideal situation by any stretch of the imagination, and it’s something we’d prefer not to do. However, we feel it is important for the volleyball community that we utilize Off the Block’s resources and coordination skills to determine a national champion,” Off the Block editor Vinnie Lopes said in a statement. “This has been an amazing 2020 season, and the best team deserves to be called the national champion — even if it is in a shortened season.”
A national poll to determine a champion has previously been used in college sports. College football used a poll system to crown its national champion until the 1990s.
For this national championship poll, Off the Block will invite every NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball head coach to be on the voting committee. Members of the Off the Block National Media Poll will also be on the voting committee.
Off the Block will also examine the need to add any additional media members to promote inclusiveness and geographical balance in the championship poll.
Ballots to the voting committee will be sent at the conclusion of the final NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball match this season. All submitted ballots will be made available for the public to view once the poll has been released.
Off the Block also will work with the NCAA and the NCAA men’s volleyball committee to ensure this national champions is recognized in the NCAA record books.
Off the Block launched in 2011 and is the nation’s leader in college men’s volleyball coverage. It also coordinates voting for annual college men’s volleyball national awards along with coordinating the weekly National Media Poll and Division II National Coaches Poll.