Tuskegee sports on hold after SIAC suspends fall season

Tuskegee sports on hold after SIAC suspends fall season
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced it is suspending all fall sporting events and championships due to concerns over the coronavirus. (Source: CDC/NIH/NIAID-RML/CNN)

ATLANTA (WSFA) - Thursday the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced it is suspending all fall sporting events and championships due to concerns over the coronavirus.

“The decision to extend the SIAC suspension into the Fall of 2020 was guided by the prevailing data, science as well as current Coronavirus infection trajectories. In light of these very difficult realities, and in the context of the overarching priority of all of my colleague SIAC presidents to protect the health, wellness and safety of all of our students and staff, we are confident that the decision announced today is consistent with those fundamental health and safety priorities,” said SIAC Council of President Chairman George T. French, Jr.

Tuskegee University, a member school of the SIAC, was scheduled to play Alabama State in the Labor Day Classic on Sept. 5.

Tuskegee University President Dr. Lily D. McNair released a statement Saturday.

After carefully considering the health risks of the COVID-19 pandemic to our community, the recommendations of public health experts, and the July 9 vote by Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association member institutions to suspend fall competitions, Tuskegee has decided to suspend all of our fall 2020 sports, including football, cross country, and volleyball.
Tuskegee University President Dr. Lily D. McNair

SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore said the conference is open to moving some fall sports, like football, to the spring semester.

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