KINGSTON, R.I. - Due to ongoing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Atlantic 10 has cancelled all 2020 spring sports competitions (conference and non-conference), and 2020 spring conference championships, effective immediately. This decision was made in consultation with the A-10 Presidents’ Council and Athletic Directors.
“This has been another difficult decision for the conference, but cancelling our spring sports seasons and championships is in the best interest of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans,” Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade said. “The health and safety of everyone is our top priority, and while we truly empathize with our student-athletes, we believe this is the best course of action. I’m thankful for the leadership of our Presidents’ Council, Athletic Directors, coaches and student-athletes during this difficult time in our history.”
Earlier in the day, the University of Rhode Island announced that it is suspending all non-essential travel between Monday, March 16, 2020 and Friday, April 3, 2020. While the University remains open, students are encouraged to remain off campus through April 3.
“Needless to say, this is a very difficult situation,” Rhode Island director of athletics Thorr Bjorn said. “My heart breaks for our student-athletes whose seasons and careers are ending so abruptly, but these decisions were made solely with the best interest of our student-athletes, coaches and staff in mind.”
“The Presidents’ Council understands the impact of this decision as well as today’s decision to cancel the Atlantic 10 Basketball Championship,” Saint Joseph’s President and Chair of the A-10 Presidents’ Council Dr. Mark C. Reed added. “There’s no question our dedicated student-athletes, coaches and member institutions will be challenged as well as disappointed, however, COVID-19 has made it imperative to take every necessary precaution. It is of utmost importance that our action as a conference be made in partnership with our campus policies and the health and safety of all of our students, faculty and staff.”
For updates specific to the University of Rhode Island, please continue to monitor uri.edu/coronavirus.