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Mountain East postpones all fall athletics

(WVVA) - There will be no fall sports in the Mountain East until the spring of 2021, the Board of Directors announced on Thursday.

All football, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country and women's volleyball schedules will be adjusted and shifted until after the new year. The 2020-21 indoor track and field championship has also been suspended.

The board approved a "reduced model" for fall sports that will include a conference championship to begin in the spring.

"I pledged to our board, administrators, athletics staffs, and most importantly to our student-athletes that we would exhaust every opportunity to stage competition this fall, and I am confident that is collectively what we have done within the MEC," Commissioner Reid Amos said in a statement. "Present public health challenges, combined with the new mandates put forth by the NCAA last week, create too great of a challenge on too short of a timeline to be able to conduct meaningful competition for our fall sports."

The conference also voted to suspend all athletic competition indefinitely, with winter sports to begin no earlier than November 1, 2020.

The board will meet again to review the situation no later than October 15.

"We are tremendously disappointed for our student-athletes, and we recognize the gravity that comes with these decisions," Commissioner Amos continued. "We now turn our efforts to keeping our student-athletes engaged with their coaches and teammates this fall, continuing to develop our return to play protocols, creating new schedules for delayed sports, and preparing for our 21 championship events now slated for the winter and spring. We will continue our commitment to providing a meaningful athletics experience for all of our student-athletes and crowning MEC champions during the 2020-21 academic year."

Nick Dugan

Sports Director

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