PSAC: No sports this fall at state universities
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference has confirmed that it will not be holding sporting events this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement released by the PSAC and its 18 member schools on Wednesday morning said that plans are already in the works to move men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball to the spring semester if its safe to resume play by then. The PSAC is apart of the NCAA’s Division-II.
“We are committed to giving our student-athletes the chance to compete during this academic year,” Geraldine Jones, the President of California University of Pennsylvania and newly elected chair of the PSAC Board of Directors, said in a press release.
“Many institutions and conferences are facing the same circumstances as we are, and if it is safe to return to competition, we will work with them and the NCAA to provide our teams with a championship experience during the spring semester. We know this is a huge disappointment for our student-athletes who work so very hard in their sport. This decision was not taken lightly and we feel saddened by having to do so.”
Student-athletes at Bloomsburg University, California University of Pennsylvania, Clarion University, East Stroudsburg University, Edinboro University, Gannon, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown University, Lock Haven University, Mansfield University, Mercyhurst, Millersville University, Seton Hill University, Shepard University, Shippensburg University, Slippery Rock University, University at Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and West Chester University will be allowed to continue individual skill workouts and strength and conditioning plans during the fall semester, but a decision on what those guidelines will look like won’t be made for at least another month.