The Shippensburg University Athletic Department announced Friday the cancellation of all spring sports for the remainder of the semester due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The decision was made in line with a directive by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Board of Directors.

Jeff Michaels, Shippensburg University Director of Athletics, sent out a letter to Raider student-athletes that same day.

The letter said the following:

“This action is one that was not made lightly and great consideration went into the decision. The health and safety of all students and personnel on all of our campuses and in our communities are of utmost importance.

“With that said, it does not take away the disappointment of losing out on our teams' various seasons. I am tremendously disappointed for all student-athletes within our spring sports as well as our winter student-athletes who had NCAA championships cancelled yesterday. This is especially the case for our seniors. Nothing I type here will make any of this any better. However, I want to thank all of our student-athletes who have worked diligently to continually represent this department and institution in the best ways possible academically, athletically, and in the community. I will never be able to express enough gratitude. 

“Feel free to reach out to the athletics administration or your coaches with any questions. I met with department staff a short time ago, and they are aware of any information we have.

“Thanks again for being such great representatives of our institution.

The PSAC released the following statement earlier in the day:

In light of the latest news regarding COVID-19, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) has announced that all athletic competition for the remainder of the Spring Semester is suspended, effective immediately.

Any non-conference competitions already traveled to are left to institutional discretion through March 15, at which time all athletic competition must cease.

In addition, all countable related athletic activities (CARA) are suspended until March 30 at which time the Board of Directors will review a proposal from the Athletics Administrators to permit or suspend CARA for the remainder of the semester.

The PSAC's statement came on the heels of the NCAA's decision to cancel the 2020 winter and spring championships, including the DI and DII men's and women's basketball tournaments.

The SU men's basketball team had qualified for the NCAA DII Atlantic Region Tournament, which was set to begin Friday, were one of the teams that were impacted.

The NCAA's full statement:

Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men's and women's 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.

 

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