WVU Athletic Events Suspended Through March 29
(UPDATE: WVU is now announcing that its suspension of all athletics events will now extend through March 29. That date brings it into alignment with the Big 12’s suspension of athletic competition date. Previously, WVU had suspended its events through March 22. This story has been updated to reflect that change.)
West Virginia University Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons announced Thursday afternoon that the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will suspend all upcoming athletic events through March 22. The school later extend that date to March 29, to align it with the Big 12’s suspension period.
This announcement will cancel the upcoming baseball series at Texas Tech. Friday’s home gymnastics meet against Maryland and Kentucky as well as the Big 12 Conference Gymnastics Championships that were scheduled for March 21 in the WVU Coliseum also will be cancelled. The suspension will also affect scheduled events for WVU tennis, track and golf.
The Mountaineer baseball team was actually on its bus headed to the airport to catch a flight to Lubbock on Thursday when it received word of the suspension and turned around and returned to Morgantown.
No team or recruiting travel will be permitted during the timeframe, and no recruiting visits, official or unofficial, will be permitted to campus. The department will reevaluate the situation daily leading into the March 22 deadline.
The suspension only covers athletic contests and recruiting. At this point, WVU’s in-season teams are still allowed to practice. Out-of-season teams that normally are capable of practicing in the spring, like women’s soccer, men’s soccer and volleyball, will not be practicing any further during this current suspension.
“I want our student-athletes, coaches and fans to be safe and for our department to follow the recommendations of the medical professionals. This is a necessary precaution to ensure the safety of our University, community, teams and support staff,” Lyons said. “The situation is fluid and we will monitor it daily to make the best decisions for all involved.”