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The BIG EAST postpones 2020 Fall sports

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 12:  A general view inside the empty arena before the start of the quarterfinals of the Big East Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2020 in New York City. Games will be played without fans amid growing concern over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 12: A general view inside the empty arena before the start of the quarterfinals of the Big East Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2020 in New York City. Games will be played without fans amid growing concern over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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There is more sad news for the fans of fall sports this year.

The Big East announced on Wednesday postponing fall sports.

There are plans for a comeback in Spring 2021.

"The decision to not hold fall sports competition was not made lightly,” said Chair of the BIG EAST Board of Directors and Villanova University President the Reverend Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD. “Athletics play an integral role in the student, alumni and fan experience at each of our institutions, and we were all hoping to allow the fall seasons to move forward. However, given the guidance of the BIG EAST COVID-19 Task Force, this decision, while disappointing, was made with the health and safety of our student-athletes and staff in mind. The well-being of our community members are, and will continue to be, our priority and focus.”

Here are more of the details from officials:

  • The sports affected are: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey. Sports that aren't sponsored by the BIG EAST Conference aren't affected.
  • The fall competition for sports in their non-traditional seasons, which includes baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s tennis, won't be held.
  • During the fall months, BIG EAST student-athletes will be allowed to participate in various team activities, such as practices, strength and conditioning sessions, and team meetings, consistent with individual campus policies, public health guidelines and NCAA and Conference regulations.
  • The BIG EAST COVID Task Force will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions across the country and in BIG EAST communities. Decisions on winter and spring sports schedules will be made at a later time.
“This very difficult decision came after an exhaustive review by our Presidents and Athletics Directors and followed consideration of NCAA guidance, COVID-19 case counts and trend lines nationally and in BIG EAST communities, and the many unknowns surrounding testing availability, turnaround time and travel restrictions in our 11 locales,” said BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman. “We take pride in the high-level competition and experiences we provide to our fall sports student-athletes, and we share their deep disappointment that this will not be a normal year. Our plans for men’s and women’s basketball and other sports are unaffected at this time.”

The McCormick Endowed Athletic Director, Bruce Rasmussen just gave a statement about the announcement.

There are additional statements from other Creighton coaches.

The men and women's cross county head coach, Chris Gannon:

We are extremely disappointed to not have the opportunity to compete this fall. It is often said that sports imitate life and prepare us for the challenges of the world. The loss of what we have worked and prepared so hard for is significant but it is beyond our control. Our team, our Bluejay family, will come together and support each other as we look to the future.
Being a college athlete or a runner does not define us, we are far greater than those labels and boundaries. We will handle this adversity and control what we can, together, with an "Eyes Up" attitude and "Get To" mindset.

The men's soccer head coach, Johnny Torres:

Obviously we are all disappointed that we are not able to compete this fall. But more importantly, is the safety and health of our teams, students and our community. Our group has been focused and diligent throughout this pandemic and I will not expect any deviation during this second hiatus.
We will look forward to the challenge of being good leaders in our community to help slow the virus by wearing a mask, social distancing, and practicing good hygiene.
We will also use this fall to train safely and prepare for the spring, while continuing to keep our team GPA above a 3.0! Our cry will remain the same - One day at a time, stay focused, control the controllables, and be comfortable being uncomfortable.

The women's soccer head coach, Ross Paule:

While I am very saddened we will not be able to compete this season, I know it is the best decision for the health and safety of our athletes. Throughout this whole pandemic, I have been so proud of my team for their courage, attitude and mindset to do the best with what we have and what is given to us. Now that we know our Fall season is cancelled and planning begins for a Spring season, we will now put our focus on what we can do right now to continue to progress as individuals and as a team, while we continue to thrive with excellence in the classroom. We will continue to use these challenges as an opportunity to grow and make a positive impact on the lives of those around us.

The volleyball head coach, Kirsten Bernthal Booth:

The finality of the cancellation of our fall season is heartbreaking. With that said, we understand and support the decision because our number one priority is protecting our student-athletes, as well as coaches, staff, fans and our surrounding community. We understand we need to do our part to stop the spread. Covid has brought our country to our knees, but it will not break us—nor will it break Creighton Volleyball. We hope for the opportunity to safely train this fall, and play in the spring. We will focus on blessings in our lives, rather than what we’ve lost. We know in some way this will make us stronger and more appreciative of the small things in life.
Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with the thousands and thousands of people who have lost their lives, and the families left behind to mourn. These are the true calamities in this. So, although we are devastated and sad about our loss of volleyball, we know the heartbreak for many is everlasting and so much bigger than sport. We will be back and when we are, you will see us play with even more joy, passion and love. Until then, mask up!
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