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ACC Suspends All Athletic Activities

ACC Suspends All Athletic Activities

The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic activities in response to the continued threat of the novel coronavirus-caused COVID-19 pandemic.

ACC commissioner John Swofford announced on Thursday that all spring activities, including competitions and practices have been halted.

This means until further notice, there will be no spring sports, no spring football practice, no ACC teams or individuals will participate in NCAA Championships if held, and no in-person recruiting.

For Pitt, this means the end of the seasons for baseball, softball and track and field, as well as the end of spring football and the cancellation of the Blue-Gold Game.

Statement from ACC commissioner John Swofford:

”This is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remain our top priority. This decision is aimed to protect from the further spread of COVID-19.”

Following the announcement from the ACC, Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke issued this statement:

”This decision was made with one priority in mind—the health and well-being of our student-athletes. We are very cognizant of the disappointment that may be felt by our young people who worked and prepared so hard for their seasons. However, this is an unprecedented circumstance and we must prioritize safety and responsibility in our response to it. The decision to indefinitely suspend all competition, practices and recruiting is one we fully support. Our administrators, staff and coaches will remain actively engaged with all of our student-athletes, ensuring their well-being during this time of suspended athletics activity and distance learning.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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