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OVC suspends spring sports seasons

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By Cody Bush

APSU Athletics Communications

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents have announced that effective immediately OVC member institutions will suspend athletic-related activities including all competition, and formal practices until further notice due to the COVID-19 public health threat.

All recruiting-related travel is also suspended until April 3, 2020, at which time the impact of that ban will be evaluated. 

The main priority of the OVC is to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and administrators. The league will continue to monitor all relevant information on COVID-19 on a daily basis.

Statement from Director of Athletics Gerald Harrison regarding the coronavirus response as of noon, Thursday:

“We recognize the concerns regarding the coronavirus and are closely monitoring the situation along with our campus partners, university experts, the Ohio Valley Conference and the NCAA. We have begun enacting policies and procedures to handle the current situation as it stands and are preparing for any escalation.

“In concert with the president’s announcement this morning, we are suspending activities in any sport not participating in their championship season and taking steps to protect our student-athletes and staff members in those sports actively competing.”

The following information was provided to the athletic department’s staff this morning and has been updated:

As you know, the Coronavirus COVID-19 has changed the way we live and conduct business for the immediate future. While there are more questions than answers regarding this virus, we must act in the best interest of our student athletes, campus, community and indeed yourself.

The following activities are suspended immediately and indefinitely:

  • All international travel.
  • All off-campus recruiting.
  • All unofficial and official visits to campus.
  • All professional development and conference travel.
  • All camps/clinics.
  • All competition and practice for sports not in their championship season, including soccer and football.
  • The Governors spring football game.
  • Outdoor competitions will still allow spectators.
  • All student-athlete development programming until further notice.

The following activities are canceled and will not be rescheduled:

  • Non-essential team meetings.

These policies are fluid and may change at any time. I will make every effort to communicate with you real time; however please know things change rapidly. These policies will not supersede any policies President White may implement for the University.

In the meantime, please make sure you and your staff work diligently to disinfect your offices and team facilities constantly. If you know of any student-athlete, coach or staff member experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, communicate with Joni Johnson and Lisa Varytimidis immediately.

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