SEC can­cels re­main­ing reg­u­lar sea­son, spring foot­ball games

The Kansas City Star - - Sports - BY SOUICHI TERADA ster­ada@kc­star.com

The South­east­ern Con­fer­ence can­celed re­main­ing sports events for the rest of the 201920 aca­demic year amid the COVID-19 coro­n­avirus pan­demic, the con­fer­ence an­nounced Tues­day.

The can­cel­la­tion in­cludes all re­main­ing reg­u­lar sea­son events, non­con­fer­ence games, SEC cham­pi­onships, spring foot­ball games and NFL pro days. Miz­zou’s pro day was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Tues­day but was scrapped.

As for other ath­letic ac­tiv­i­ties — prac­tices and meet­ings — those are sus­pended through at least April 15. So there’s still a chance

Miz­zou spring foot­ball prac­tice will oc­cur, though it’s still too early to de­ter­mine. Miz­zou’s an­nual spring game was set for April 11 be­fore can­cel­la­tion.

“This is a dif­fi­cult day for all of us, and I am es­pe­cially dis­ap­pointed for our stu­dent-ath­letes,” SEC com­mis­sioner Greg Sankey said in a state­ment. “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.”

The Big 12 and Amer­i­can Ath­letic are among other con­fer­ences that have scratched the re­main­der of their reg­u­lar sea­son com­pe­ti­tion. Last week, the NCAA axed all win­ter and spring sports cham­pi­onships, which in­cluded the men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ments.

Orig­i­nally, there was a chance SEC schools could com­plete its sea­son af­ter orig­i­nally sus­pend­ing play. All games and prac­tices were sus­pended through

April 15, when the con­fer­ence planned to re-eval­u­ate coro­n­avirus conditions.

The Miz­zou base­ball team fin­ished its 2020 sea­son 11-5 and on a seven game win­ning streak. The soft­ball team was 19-7 and 3-0 in SEC play.

There’s still no de­fin­i­tive an­swer for the post­sea­son ban both the base­ball and soft­ball team faced.

Miz­zou ath­letic direc­tor Jim Sterk said last week he reached out to the NCAA but had not heard back yet. School of­fi­cials be­lieve the ban should not trans­fer over to the next sea­son, con­sid­er­ing it was set for the cur­rent aca­demic year.

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