The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended athletic play in all sports for all its members, effective immediately.
Here’s the official statement from the league commissioner:
“The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic related activities including all competition, formal and organized practice, recruiting and participation in NCAA championships until further notice. The decision was made following consultation with the league’s presidents and athletic directors to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19.”
The official statement from ACC commissioner John Swofford struck a similar tone:
“This is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority. This decision is aimed to protect from the further spread of COVID-19.”
This is the latest piece of evidence indicating that if the NCAA tournament winds up being played in 2020, it’s not going to start next week.
In a brief session with the media in Greensboro Thursday afternoon, U of L athletic director Vince Tyra stated that even if the ACC hadn’t made this move, Louisville was likely to suspend play in all of its spring sports.
AD Vince Tyra meets with the media to update on the fluid situation surrounding the ACC Tournament & other potential impacts. pic.twitter.com/1nvkmVr1Hu— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) March 12, 2020
To clarify, “all athletic activity” includes recruiting, practice for active sports, as well as spring practice for football.
No sports for the foreseeable future, and starting in mid-March, no less.