Bethune-Cookman is shutting down all its sports activities by means of the tip of the 2021 spring season amid a latest spike of COVID-19 instances on campus. The choice, introduced Tuesday by the college’s president, Brent Chrite, impacts girls’s basketball, males’s basketball, baseball, softball, baseball, soccer and observe and subject.
“Whereas the determination to decide out of spring competitors is the one accountable one for us right now, it was not made evenly,” Chrite stated in a letter that went to the college group. “We all know that this determination tremendously impacts our pupil athletes, our teaching employees, our Marching Wildcats and others, and I will likely be working with VP Lynn Thompson and his colleagues to reduce and ameliorate the affect of this determination.”
The Florida-based college, situated in Daytona Seashore, has been hit exhausting with the pandemic — as has the state. Simply final week, Dr. Chrite introduced a campus-wide lockdown and a strict 11 p.m. curfew amid a spike in instances as a part of an effort to comprise outbreaks on campus. And Volusia County, the place the college is situated, has seen near 500 new instances of the virus during the last week, in response to The Washington Publish.
Monetary pressure within the midst of the pandemic most likely did not assist the college because it endeavored to tug off a spring season. The MEAC introduced this summer time that it was shifting to a six-game, conference-only soccer schedule starting in February, eliminating profitable “purchase video games” from the slate that usually instances assist furnish smaller athletic departments with money by going through larger packages. Affording rigorous testing protocols and procedures might even have been one other monetary pressure.
Up to now Bethune-Cookman is the one program the MEAC to decide out of the upcoming spring season, however faculties have till Nov. 16 to make their determination, the league commissioner, Dennis Thomas, stated Tuesday.
Bethune-Cookman will transition from the MEAC to the SWAC in a choice introduced earlier this summer time, which will likely be efficient July of subsequent yr.