ASU fall athletics is faced with postponement due to NCAA decisions

The Rams and Belles have many of their sports pushed to the spring of 2021

By Chad Miller Jr
On August 25, 2020

Photo courtesy of NCAA.com

 

 ASU’s fall sports with the exception of cross country, tennis, and golf have all been moved to the spring for the 2020-2021 school year. But this new normal is not fully understood by the public. The obvious and assumed answer is simply due to COVID-19.  Even though that is true, there was a process as to this conclusion was made.

“We were disappointed with the NCAA’s decision to cancel fall sports championships, but also understand the difficulty of that decision. In light of this decision, we are currently looking at regular-season scheduling options as well as other playing and championship opportunities for our fall sports student-athletes,” said Athletic Director James Reid in a press release from ASU’s athletics twitter account (@angeloathletics) within hours of the Aug. 5 decision from the Division 2 Presidents Council to cancel fall championships for the 2020 school year which in turn, put ASU’s fall sports in a shroud of mystery. In the statement along with the cancelation Reid made another statement following the Aug. 7 decision by the Lone Star Conference to officially move all fall sports to the spring. This statement, which can be fully read on the ASU’s official athletic website (angelosports.com), stated the following:

“Although we understand the LSC Council of Presidents vote earlier today to postpone fall sports competition in football, soccer, and volleyball, it is still disappointing to us here at Angelo State University,” said Reid. “We know that it was not an easy decision and trust that it was made after diligent deliberation by campus administrators. Our student-athletes, coaches, and staff felt very confident in our ability to conduct practices and competitions while keeping all parties safe during the fall.”

The Belles soccer team is among the teams affected as a result of the decision from the NCAA and the LSC. Following a successful 2019 campaign in which the Belles went 12-5-2 (8-4-1 in LSC play) and finished sixth out of the 14 schools in the conference, they were poised to make another run before the decision was brought down.

Belles soccer coach Travis McCorkle said he understood the difficulty of making the decision, but was disappointed in the said decision and was “hoping there was a way that [D2 Presidents Council] could have worked out a way for them to play this fall.” he said in a phone interview. When asked about the LSC’s decision McCorkle said he, his staff, and his players have all been tested and are wanting to play and are hopeful to have that chance for his team to play at least part of a season in the spring.

McCorkle stated that Angelo State has done all its can for the safety of its coaches, players, staff, and students in light of COVID-19. Testing its players, coaches , and giving the option for its staff and students to get free testing before this fall semester started and is appreciative of what the school has done in giving its athletes the chance to play this year.

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