As more dominoes in sports continue to fall with the continual spread of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA, the Pac-12 Conference, and Arizona State has taken more precautions with their athletic calendars.
First, on Friday, ASU announced that its spring football practices were to be suspended for at least two weeks.
Earlier this morning, the Pac-12 also released a statement canceling all remaining sports competitions for the remainder of the athletic year, meaning all spring sports will feature no national championships. The previous announcement was that the games were to be, “suspended indefinitely.”
The statement also noted that team-related activities have been postponed until at least March 29, meaning that football could be back to practice as soon as the end of the month. Though, that possibility is looking more grim every day.
Pac-12 statement cancelling all sports for remainder of academic year & decision on organized team activities: pic.twitter.com/3cx4vVUU4A— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) March 14, 2020
The conference will reconvene over the next two weeks and likely decide what is the best option moving forward if team-related activities have to be pushed back once more.
ASU held seven practices prior to the university’s spring break. Classes, which are now online, were originally supposed to start back up on Monday, with spring ball getting underway again on Tuesday.
Furthermore, ASU’s pro day was originally supposed to be on March 16, but that too, has been postponed.
And lastly, off-campus recruiting has been suspended until at least April 15. The Sun Devils were expecting a grove of recruits to visit Tempe over the next couple of weeks, but that will be put off until further notice.
All college athletic programs have been put in the same predicament as of late, and the holding pattern of collegiate athletics and sports worldwide continues to be affected. We will provide more updates on ongoing ASU athletic news and Coronavirus updates in the near future.