After consulting with its Presidents' Council yesterday afternoon, the ASUN Conference has announced it is postponing fall competition.
After consulting with its Presidents' Council yesterday afternoon, the ASUN Conference has announced it is postponing fall competition due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today's decision by the ASUN Conference brings to a close the fall competitive seasons for Liberty's men's cross country, men's golf, men's soccer, men's tennis, volleyball, women's cross country, women's soccer and women's tennis programs.
ASUN Conference Statement
The ASUN Conference Presidents' Council announced the postponement of all ASUN regular season and ASUN Championship competition for the 2020 fall semester sports today due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The postponement of competition in conference-sponsored fall semester sports includes men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and volleyball. The Presidents' Council decision on no fall competition will also apply to intercollegiate competition for any ASUN sponsored sports that have a designated spring championship.
The ASUN Presidents' Council also affirmed that providing a spring season for the fall sports remains an ASUN priority. The ASUN winter sports of men's and women's basketball and men's and women's indoor track & field are not impacted by this decision.
ASUN member institutions may continue with permissible athletic activities related to training and practice in accordance with NCAA, local and state guidelines. The conference will continue to monitor all data and dynamics woven into the pandemic and continue to place Students First in its decision-making approach.
"We look forward to providing a quality experience for our fall sport student-athletes during the spring semester, including ASUN Conference and NCAA championship opportunities. Ian McCaw, Liberty University Director of Athletics
"Obviously this is a huge disappointment. Anyone who follows college sports understands the dynamics that brought us to this decision, but that doesn't mean we like it. My feelings right now? COVID stinks. If you weren't putting my words into a public release, I might put it another way."
"We will make every effort to provide a quality competitive experience for our fall student-athletes during the spring semester. We're not in the position today to guarantee it will happen, but we can promise to make every effort to get there. We owe that to our student-athletes, our athletic departments and our institutions. Lastly, I'll share that I'm very proud of the way the entire ASUN family participated in the discussions over the past few months, including our students, athletic staff, administrators and presidents." Ted Gumbart, ASUN Conference Commissioner
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