SEC, ACC cancel sports for remainder of academic year

SEC, ACC cancel sports for remainder of academic year
In this June 24, 2015, file photo, Virginia's Adam Haseley scores on a Pavin Smith single as Vanderbilt catcher Jason Delay waits for the throw during the fifth inning of Game 3 of the best-of-three NCAA baseball College World Series finals at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. The ACC has cancelled athletics for the rest of the academic year in response to the coronavirus. (Source: AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

(AP) - The Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference canceled all athletics competition and practices through the rest of the 2019-20 academic year amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Both leagues announced the move Tuesday. The ACC had previously suspended those activities “until further notice.”

The ACC’s statement said the cancellations came after a unanimous decision among league member schools, with Commissioner John Swofford saying league officials are “particularly disappointed for our student-athletes.”

Officials said all spring football games have been canceled and there will be no pro day events at SEC schools, WAFB reported.

“This is a difficult day for all of us, and I am especially disappointed for our student-athletes,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “The health and well-being of our entire conference community is an ongoing priority for the SEC as we continue to monitor developments and information about the COVID-19 virus.”

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