Good afternoon all:
As your Athletic Director, my ultimate responsibility to ensure a healthy and safe environment for each of you to participate in. The health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and everyone involved with our athletics program is the absolute top priority. With that being said, we are suspending the intercollegiate athletics program indefinitely, including all practices and competitions, due to this world health pandemic. We will continue to seek guidance from university leadership, health care experts, and local, state, and federal authorities in making decisions going forward.
I encourage each of you to stay at home for the remainder of the semester and participate in your classes remotely. Although the residence halls will remain open, it is strongly recommended that you make plans to move out for the remainder of the semester. Please follow university guidelines for access to the dorms and campus resources.
Although it is highly unlikely that we will return to athletic competition this spring, we will continue to monitor this pandemic and make decisions based on the information we are provided. We are working closely with our intercollegiate governing bodies on eligibility and seasons of competition impacts and will provide that information when available. Trust that your best interest and the best interests of this university are front and center.
I understand that this news is not what we all want to hear. I understand your frustration and anger. We all are feeling the same emotions. Please keep in mind that our focus is on the safety and protection of everyone involved in our athletics program. Please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions.