ACC, Big South shut down all spring sports activities

Following further consultation with the league’s member institutions and after previously suspending all athletic activities indefinitely, the ACC has made the decision to cancel all athletic related activities including all competition and practice through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

The unanimous decision was made to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19. Each institution will continue to work in accordance with its respective university and state policies related to its individual campus decisions.

The Big South Conference, which includes Radford University, Thursday announced that it, too, is canceling all regular-season competition, conference championships and athletic activities that require or include coach involvement through the remainder of the 2019-20 season. The decision was made by the league’s Council of Chief Executives (CEOs) in consultation with the Council of Athletics Directors to protect the health and well-being of student-athletes, coaches, staff and

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“Our top priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our fans, communities and the overall well-being of others during these uncharted times,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We are particularly disappointed for our student-athletes and will continue to work with our membership to assess what is appropriate in the future.”

Virginia Athletic Director Whit Babcock issued the following statement:

“Virginia Tech Athletics recognizes the disruption and uncertainty that the COVID-19 situation has caused for all individuals associated with the Virginia Tech community, particularly our student-athletes and their families. The safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans continues to be our highest priority.
“Virginia Tech Athletics continues to be in regular communication with university and ACC leadership and Virginia Tech Athletics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Rogers, as we monitor developments related to the coronavirus. We are all navigating an unprecedented situation that continues to evolve daily.
“We recognize that there will continue to be questions and implications for our student-athletes, teams and our fans as developments continue to unfold. We are working diligently to help our coaches and support staff provide resources our student-athletes need, whether they are currently on campus, are returning to campus or are at another location.
“For the most current information on the university’s response and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit vt.edu/flu/2019Coronavirus.html.

“Please know that we are here to support our student-athletes and our staff. This is home, after all. We appreciate the patience of our fans, students, donors and partners as we work to provide answers and solutions created by this public health situation. We will get through this together.”

 

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