Big South Conference, home to UNA Lions, delays fall sports season

Tanya Simon
August 13, 2020

The announcement from the Big East did not include information about postponements of the men's or women's basketball seasons, which also begin in the fall. Spring sports are also set to take place as scheduled.

Teams will still be allowed to practice and have team activities that are consistent with individual campus policies. "The presidents and athletic directors made this extremely hard decision after extensive meetings, discussion on numerous scenarios and the consideration of many factors". "Our plan is to look at all of our options and hopefully have the chance to play a full slate of games, combining the fall and spring", said UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder. "Athletics play an integral role in the student, alumni and fan experience at each of our institutions, and we were all hoping to allow the fall seasons to move forward". Commissioner Kyle Kallander says the decision was made to protect student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The rift that emerged Tuesday as two of the Power Five football conferences said they would not play sports this fall and the other three planned to continue widened Wednesday as several other sports leagues joined the overwhelming majority that will keep players sidelined this fall. Sports that are not sponsored by the BIG EAST Conference are not affected.

Last month, the Pac-12 did away with non-conference football games, announcing a 10-game schedule for each team.

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