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Pac- 12, Mountain West & RMAC cancel spring sports season

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 10:04:48-04

On Saturday, the Pac-12 made the decision to cancel all Pac-12 conference and non-conference sport competitions and Pac-12 championships through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year.

There are not the first power 5 conference to make the move as ACC, Big10 & Big 12 have canceled their spring season.

In addition, the Pac-12 Conference has made the decision to prohibit all organized team athletically-related activities until at least March 29, at which time it will revisit this decision.

Earlier in the week on Thursday, the Mountain West Board of Directors officially canceled all remaining spring sports competitions and MW championships due to COVID-19.

Then on Friday, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) announced the cancellation of all spring championship and non-championship competitions and travel for the remainder of the current academic year due to COVID-19.

“We are heartbroken for our spring student-athletes and we do not take this decision lightly nor do we underestimate the impact it has on those who have had something taken away today,” said RMAC Commissioner Chris Graham. “The overriding theme of our deliberations has been aligned with institutional positions, based upon the continued best health practice recommendations from state and federal experts.”

The cancellations ends the sports season for all University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS), CSU-Pueblo and the Air Force Academy spring athletes.

In response to the cancellation of collegiate spring sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA Division I & Division II Council Committee has recommended that eligibility relief be provided to all student-athletes who participate in spring sports.

"Details of eligibility relief will be finalized at a later time," the NCAA said Friday in a statement. "Additional issues with NCAA rules must be addressed, and appropriate governance bodies will work through those in the coming days and week."

It's unclear what options, if any, will be considered for winter sports athletes, who seasons may have ended prior to the cancellations of March Madness.