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Big West cancels potential spring season

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: December 17, 2020

The Big West conference became the second Division I program to shutter a potential 2021 spring season, announcing last week that there would be no spring competition in 2021.

“Protecting the health and safety of our student-athletes and following public health guidelines are our top priorities,” Big West Commissioner Dan Butterly said in a statement. "Despite a strong desire to return our fall sport student-athletes to competition, the Board unanimously agreed that the resources and protocols needed to safely and equitably conduct fall, winter and spring sports seasons concurrently was not in line with those priorities nor in the best interests of our student-athletes and coaches.”

“This was a difficult decision, particularly in light of the significant sacrifices our staff, coaches, student-athletes and their families have already made in the interest of public health,” Chair of the Big West Board of Directors and University of California, Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a statement. “While this decision is disappointing for many, the health and safety of Big West student-athletes, coaches, staff and the campus community continue to be the preeminent priorities for the CEO’s of the conference’s 11 institutions.”

The Ivy League had previously confirmed that it wouldn't play in the spring.

A proposed spring season is scheduled to begin on February 3, 2021, with NCAA Division I championships slated for May 13-17 in men's and women's soccer.

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