COVID-19 forces South Atlantic Conference to move fall sports

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Newberry College’s fall sports seasons, including football, are on the move to the spring. For now.

The South Atlantic Conference announced Friday that it is pushing back its fall sports seasons until the 2021 spring semester because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes is our number one priority and we feel the decision to postpone our fall seasons is the best for their safety and well-being, and it gives us the best opportunity to play,” SAC commissioner Patrick Britz said in a statement. “While this still does not guarantee our fall sports will be able to compete during the 2021 spring season, it gives us the best chance to continue to monitor the situation.”

Friday’s news includes men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball.

Limestone College, located in Gaffney, is the other South Carolina school in the conference that plays football. Coker College (Hartsville) and Anderson University (Anderson) are other SAC teams without football but with fall sports teams that are affected.

The conference has paused athletic activities, including practices, weight training, and voluntary workouts for all sports until Sept. 1.

“A decision on the start of winter sports competition will be made at a later date,” according to the conference.

Football in the fall in SC?

Tracking the fate of college football schedules for teams in South Carolina. Any status is subject to change.

▪ Allen

▪ Benedict (No fall. Spring possible.)

▪ Charleston Southern (Still fall. On time.)

▪ The Citadel (Still fall. On time)

▪ Clemson (Still fall. Starts Sept. 12)

▪ Coastal Carolina (Still fall. On time.)

▪ Erskine (Still fall. Delayed.)

▪ Furman (Still fall. On time)

▪ Limestone (No fall. Spring possible)

▪ Newberry (No fall. Spring possible.)

▪ North Greenville (Still fall. Delayed.)

▪ Presbyterian (Still fall, but half of games canceled so far)

▪ South Carolina (Still fall. Starts Sept. 26)

▪ SC State (No fall. Spring possible.)

▪ Wofford (Still fall. On time)


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