GREENVILLE, S.C. – Conference Carolinas officials canceled the remainder of the spring sports season and subsequent league tournaments for the 2019-20 academic year due to the continued evolution of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.
The announcement came after the University of Mount Olive closed its campus to traditional students and benched all of its spring sports teams for the remainder of the year.
“All in Conference Carolinas have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to see if there was any way that we could continue athletics competition this academic year, but we believe it is not in our best interest for numerous reasons,” said Chris Colvin, commissioner of Conference Carolinas.
“Once again, we understand the ramifications of what this means for our student-athletes, coaches and administrators. However, the growing scale of the pandemic coupled with the NCAA’s recent decision to grant additional season of eligibility to spring sports student-athletes changes the dynamic for our member institutions and student-athletes.”
The NCAA canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, and the spring sports championships on March 12.
Conference Carolinas administrators agreed that the safety and well-being of the student-athletes, coaches and fans are always of the utmost importance.
UMO had three teams ranked in both the regional and national polls — baseball, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse.