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Southland Conference postpones all fall sports



Southeastern Louisiana University football team (Photo courtesy SELU)

The Southland Conference has decided to postpone all fall sports including the 2020 football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presidents of the conference met earlier this week and announced the decision Thursday.

“After thoughtful consideration, the Southland Conference Board of Directors reached consensus in postponing league competition for our fall semester sports,” said Dr. Houston Davis, board chair and president of the University of Central Arkansas, in a statement. “Protecting competitive opportunities in a safe manner for our student-athletes was paramount in the review, and a delay to the spring allows campuses and athletic departments to get a better handle on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The Board concluded that an entire fall sports season is not likely, and that a postponement to spring can provide the important opportunities our teams annually seek,” Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett added. “While disappointed that we won’t be playing these sports in the Southland’s 58th year of fall competition, we look forward to a unique spring season of athletics that also includes NCAA postseason opportunities.”

The league will more than likely announce plans to play fall sports in the spring.

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