Many colleges and universities across the country are preparing for an altered 2020 fall semester. One thing collegiate students and fans of collegiate sports were hoping for was the 2020 collegiate sports season. Unfortunately, University of Connecticut (UConn) fans will just have to wait until 2021 to see their football team – the UConn Huskies - hit the field.
The UConn Department of Athletics made the announcement on Wednesday. The director of athletics, David Benedict, stated "After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we've decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,". Benedict continued by explaining athletes will be placed at an unacceptable level of risk if they were to play this season.
Despite UConn Huskies team members returning to campus in July, practices have been limited and there have been minimal opportunities to complete team training according to a press release.
Members of the team also expressed their support for the cancellation: "As a team we are in full support of the decision to not compete in 2020. We have many health concerns and not enough is known about the potential long term effects of contracting COVID-19. Additionally, we have not had the optimal time to train mentally & physically to be properly prepared to compete this season. We love this game and love competing. We came to campus in the beginning of July knowing there would be challenges presented by the pandemic but it is apparent to us now that these challenges are impossible to overcome."
The cancellation should not come as a surprise as many professional and collegiate level sport teams have cancelled their season(s) due to not wanting to put athletes, fans and staff at risk.
Reports are steadily coming in across the country as workplaces that have reopened their doors have seen positive cases of COVID-19 within their work place. This causes their staff to quarantine only days later due to COVID-19 exposure. Returning to sports would have the same end results.