Hampton University (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Fall sports are out at Hampton University
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Sports suspensions due to Coronavirus are hitting close to home.
On Monday afternoon, Hampton University, a member of the Big South Conference, announced the suspension of the fall sports season.
“Out of Concern for the spread of COVID-19 among our athletes and members of other HU constituent groups, all fall sports have been suspended. If conditions permit, we anticipate resuming all athletic related activities during the spring semester 2021. The spring semester will consist of both winter and spring sports,” Director of Athletics Eugene Marshall, Jr. said in a letter published to the Hampton University athletics website. “Please understand that this decision was not taken lightly. But it was done in the best interest of our Hampton University students, student-athletes, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and fans. I am extremely confident that we will work through these challenging times together.”
Note that the announcement does not mean the cancellation of Fall sports for the 2020-21 academic year. It pushes the fall sports schedule into the spring. Logistics for holding both fall and spring sports in the same window was not discussed.
The Big South conference has not announced their plans for fall sports. If the conference elects to play games in the fall, it could create a distinct scheduling need for Hampton University when they play their schedule in the spring.
Old Dominion was scheduled to host the Pirates on September 12 at S.B. Ballard Stadium. That game is now off of the Fall schedule. Old Dominion is anxiously awaiting an announcement from the ACC since two of their biggest home games on the schedule come on 9/4 against Wake Forest and 10/24 against the University of Virginia. If the ACC follows the lead of the Big Ten, those schools may play in-conference only, dealing another blow to the Monarchs’ football schedule for 2020.
– Andy Hilton