David Johnson/ BNC Digital Reporter
Norfolk, VA (BNC) — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced Thursday they will not be going forth with fall sports due to growing concerns of COVID-19.
The Council of Presidents and Chancellors took this action out of a concern for the safety as well as the physical and mental health of student-athletes, coaches, administrators, support staff, faculty and fans.
Surges in COVID-19 cases along the eastern seaboard heavily influenced the council’s decision as data suggests that the African Americans and other minority communities are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas released the following statement,:
“Obviously this is an arduous decision because everyone wants to have a fall season for student-athletes, fans and others,” said MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas. “Part of our responsibility is to ensure the mental and physical health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff is paramount. It is imperative that everyone recognize that is our first and foremost responsibility.”
This move is significant for the conference in terms of football, as membered institustitions FAMU, BCU, and, NCAT will be moving on to different conferences in 2021.
The conference currently plans to proceed with winter sports competitions as scheduled, unless health and medical professionals advise otherwise.
With the MEAC now canceling it’s fall sports , will we see the final HBCU conference South Western Athletic Conference (SWAC) join in no fall sports for 2020?