League Central State University participates in cancellation of all fall sports – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

WILBERFORCE, Ohio — Central State University will not be fielding soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s cross country or women’s cross country teams this fall because the league they compete in, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, suspended fall sports in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

“I echo the sentiments of my fellow SIAC chairs that we are confident that the decision … is consistent with our core health and safety priorities,” said CSU chair Dr. Jack Thomas. “This difficult but necessary decision is based on data and science as well as current trajectories of coronavirus infection. CSU remains focused on the health, well-being, and safety of our students, staff, fans, and community. »

SIAC made the announcement on July 10.

SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore said, “Our conference’s action to suspend fall sports was prompted by a fundamental desire on the part of our SIAC member institutions to do everything possible to protect and mitigate exposure to health and safety risks related to COVID-19 to our students, coaches and staff in this uncertain and unpredictable environment.

Moore said SIAC intends to seek eligibility relief for student-athletes impacted by the health-related hiatus, similar to the relief given to 2020 Spring Sports student-athletes whose seasons were halted during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak.

SIAC institutions are committed to evaluating the possibility of moving certain fall sports, including football, to the spring semester.

Certain SIAC institutions may be granted latitude to continue to participate in intercollegiate athletics based on pre-existing commitments which may be unique to those particular colleges and universities. However, these institutions will not be competing for championships this fall.

CSU athletic director Tara A. Owens said the university will continue to honor any current scholarships available to eligible student-athletes.

“Discussions about moving fall sports to compete in spring 2021 are ongoing,” she said. “We expect to have additional details in the coming weeks.”

Central State competes as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level. The university fields teams in 10 sports: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, soccer, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and women’s volleyball. CSU has been a member of SIAC since 2014.

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