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GLIAC cancels fall sports amid safety concerns

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the GLIAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to suspend all sport competitions until Jan. 1, 2021.

The decision came hours after many Division I conferences also voted to suspend their seasons.

Athletic Director John Decker cited the available resources for schools as a factor in the decision.

“The schools in Divisions I, II and III of the NCAA all have different resources and also separate challenges that need to be addressed,” Decker said.  “In the end, our assessment of what was in the best interests of SVSU player welfare and safety was what drove our decision.”

SVSU President Don Bachand said he believes this was the correct decision.

“As disappointing as it is to have to postpone competition until January, this was the right decision for the health and safety of our student-athletes and our entire campus community,” Bachand said.

Bachand said he remains hopeful but unsure if the events will be made up in the future.

“We hope to be able to have athletic contests in the spring, but so much remains unknown,” he said. “We will continue to monitor the situation and reevaluate as new information is learned. I encourage student-athletes to remain determined in the classroom and in their physical conditioning because the time to compete will come again.”

Football coach Ryan Brady said he remains focused on building his program through uncertainty.

“Currently, our program’s focus is on taking it one day at a time,” he said. “There are more questions than answers during these challenging times. Our program’s focus is for each member to be the best version of themselves each day.  Each day provides an opportunity for growth and development.”

Denver Milam

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