NSIC cancels 2020 fall sports season

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Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference(Associated Press)
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 10:47 AM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - The NSIC, with 16 schools including the University of Mary, has decided to cancel the 2020 fall sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This decision also suspends all outside competition in all sports through Dec. 31. University of Mary Athletic Director Dale Lennon addressed the announcement on a Zoom conference call today.

“That we had the attitude that we wanted to play this fall is something that we wanted to have happen but we were not going to do it at an all cost type price. and again we are in agreement with the decision and the announcement that was made here today,” said Lennon.

The programs that had their seasons canceled in the fall, will now look for ways to compete in the Spring, without using a year of eligibility for the student athletes.

“With moving fall sports to spring, there is going to be opportunity for competition for our fall sports in the Spring.The thing that will not happen is we will not have the championship section in the spring so the championship part of the competition has been eliminated but competition in the spring, each sport may be a little different in what the options are that are available to it but the option to play outside competition is going to be there,” said Lennon.  

Lennon added that there is a rule that allows athletes to play up to half of their maximum number of games in the spring without losing a year of eligibility.

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