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Patriot League cancels fall sports due to coronavirus

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The Patriot League will not play fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Patriot League will not play sports in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Monday’s announcement, the league also said that a decision on winter sports will be made at a later date and that practice, conditioning and strength training will be permitted if « health and safety conditions support such activities. »
The U. S. Military Academy and Naval Academy are exempt from the cancellation, and any decisions on their participation in competitive sports will be made by their superintendents.
« From a health and well-being standpoint, things are not getting better in this country, » Patriot League commissioner Jennifer Heppel told ESPN. « As we get closer to the point where students are going to be making plans to how they travel back to our campuses as well as student-athletes, it became clear for us that this wasn’t going to be in the best interest of our communities to have athletics this fall. That’s the decision that had been made. It’s incredibly disappointing for our student-athletes and our coaches, and it’s not a decision anybody is feeling good about. It’s sad. It’s gut-wrenching. »
Heppel said having fall sports in the spring would present « many challenges, » but that the Patriot League will still consider it — and today, she has no idea what it might look like, « but we’ll get to work on it. »
« There are still so many unknowns, » she said.

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