Story Poster
Photo by Lia Musgrave, TexAgs

SEC announces cancellation of spring sports for the rest of 2019-2020

March 17, 2020
8,969

The Southeastern Conference announced on Tuesday the cancellation of all spring sports for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year because of the continued threat of the coronavirus.

The SEC previously had postponed all competition until April 15.

“This is a difficult day for all of us, and I am especially disappointed for our student-athletes,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement released by the conference. “The health and well-being of our entire conference community is an ongoing priority for the SEC as we continue to monitor developments and information about the COVID-19 virus.”

The release affirmed that SEC universities would continue to provide academic services, medical care, mental health and wellness, nutrition and housing to scholarship athletes.

The release also stated the SEC and its member institutions will continue to communicate with public health officials and medical experts to determine the best path forward related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Obviously, we are saddened for our student-athletes, our coaches and all staff who work hard to prepare our teams to compete at the highest level at Texas A&M,” A&M athletic director Ross Bjork said. “There is a mission that overshadows our desire to compete and that relates to the safety of those we are entrusted to serve.  Unprecedented times call for these measures, and we are navigating through unfamiliar territory.

“A lot of thought and discussion went into making difficult decisions that impact all our sports in some way, but as the SEC, we stand together as one.  We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and look forward to the day we can announce a return to preparation for competition.”

Further, it was announced full refunds for tickets purchased to the SEC baseball and softball tournaments will be made by March 31. 

Discussion from...

SEC announces cancellation of spring sports for the rest of 2019-2020

4,556 Views | 4 Replies | Last: 1 yr ago by Foxo
Charlie 31
How long do you want to ignore this user?
AG
We are living in trying and historic times.
northeastag
How long do you want to ignore this user?
AG
What happens to revenue (from tv rights) if college athletics are shut down for a long period of time. Is there a force majuere clause in contracts, or do networks still have to pay? I read one article that said NBA players CBA had a clause that covered epidemics, but the article implied that networks would still have to pay the league, even if no games were played.
Batzarro
How long do you want to ignore this user?
AG
I feel bad for the kids who can't compete
Foxo
How long do you want to ignore this user?
AG
Just one of thousands of over reactions.
Refresh
Page 1 of 1
 
×
subscribe Verify your student status
See Subscription Benefits
Trial only available to users who have never subscribed or participated in a previous trial.