Earlier this afternoon, the NCAA and President Mark Emmert issued a statement regarding attendance at any NCAA national championship event.
Earlier this afternoon, the NCAA and President Mark Emmert issued the following statement regarding attendance at any NCAA national championship event, including Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments.
As further details are made available by the NCAA to the colleges and universities around the country, the Liberty University Athletics Department will announce how this decision will affect Flames Nation and Liberty's upcoming participation in the 2020 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. At this point in time, no Liberty University Athletics Department officials will be making any statements regarding this decision.
Last Sunday, No. 1 seed Liberty defeated No. 3 seed Lipscomb, 73-57, inside the Vines Center to capture the 2020 ASUN Men's Basketball Championship title. With the victory, Liberty (30-4, 13-3 ASUN) secured the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Flames will be making their fifth appearance in program history at the NCAA Tournament and be making back-to-back appearances for the first time in school history.
Last year, the Flames had an historic run in the NCAA Tournament, which included No. 12 seed Liberty knocking off No. 5 seed Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, marking Liberty's first-ever #MarchMadness victory.
Be sure to check back on LibertyFlames.com over the next few days for further details regarding the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA Statement Regarding Attendance at Upcoming Championship Events: The NCAA continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with public health officials and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance. While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.
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