Bluefield State suspends fall sports

WOAY – Bluefield State College announced Friday that all fall sports programs would have their 2020 seasons suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this week, the NCAA Division II Presidents Council decided that all championships for fall sports would be postponed amid the pandemic, noting that student-athletes for fall sports would have flexibility regarding their eligibility.

Bluefield State College is an independent member of NCAA Division II, and will not have fall seasons for volleyball, cross country, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s golf.

Interim Athletics Director Derrick Price, who is also head men’s basketball coach, said in a statement, “This is obviously a great disappointment for all. We did not make this decision lightly. We explored every option for maintaining our Falls Sports programming. But we could not find a solution that ensured the safety and health of our student athletes.”

All student-athletes will be tested for COVID-19 when they return to campus and will be asked to self-quarantine for two weeks. Price adds in the statement that he is optimistic about holding a basketball season this winter.