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Patriot League cancels fall sports due to coronavirus

Field Level Media
14 Jul 2020, 02:19 GMT+10

The Patriot League announced Monday that its member schools will not play sports in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The league also said that a decision on winter and spring sports competitions will be made at a later date and that practice, conditioning and strength training will be allowed if "health and safety conditions support such activities."

The United States Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy are exempt from the cancellation given they are "unique in their environments and their missions within higher education," the Patriot League announced. Any decisions on their participation in competitive sports will be made by their respective leaders.

"From a health and well-being standpoint, things are not getting better in this country," Patriot League commissioner Jennifer Heppel told ESPN. "As we get closer to the point where students are going to be making plans to how they travel back to our campuses as well as student-athletes, it became clear for us that this wasn't going to be in the best interest of our communities to have athletics this fall. That's the decision that had been made. It's incredibly disappointing for our student-athletes and our coaches, and it's not a decision anybody is feeling good about. It's sad. It's gut-wrenching."

The decision comes on the heels of the Ivy League canceling its fall sports last week while the Big Ten and the Pac 12 conferences plan to play conference-only schedules in all sports, including football.

The Patriot League football representatives are Holy Cross, Lafayette, Bucknell, Lehigh, Colgate, Fordham and Georgetown. Army and Navy are not part of the Patriot League for football.

--Field Level Media

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