RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – On Friday, the Great American Conference and its President’s Council voted to suspend all sport competition through the end of the 2020 calendar year including cross country, football, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball.
The decision was made after consultation with athletic directors and careful consideration of the health and well-being of the student-athletes competing for GAC institutions.
Student-athletes impacted by the suspension of athletics will have scholarships honored. Additionally, GAC teams may still practice and workout under the health and safety guidelines provided by each institution.
All fall and winter sports scheduled to begin prior to January 1 are impacted by this decision. The conference will evaluate the necessary schedule changes and will communicate its plans for the possibility of moving competitions to the spring semester at a later date.
“Tonight’s Great American Conference decision was not decided quickly but was a long, deliberate process, which required hours of discussions and league-wide collaboration with one priority in mind at all times. The safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and campuses is of the upmost importance. Many questions still need to be answered, however, our mission remains the same: to help our student-athletes be champions in all aspects of their college experience. We will continue to engage our student-athletes and as a department, we will work closely with our healthcare partners, athletic training department, university administration, coaches, staff and student-athletes on returning to campus and practice to be prepared for eventual competition.” — UAM Director of Athletics Padraic McMeel
“Although we understand the disappointment our student athletes are facing this fall sports season, I remain optimistic that we will continue competition in the spring semester. Student-athletes are valued members of the university community and competitive sports is a vital part of the UAM culture. Our priority continues to be keeping all of our students safe. We cannot wait to cheer on the Weevils and Blossoms again soon.” –UAM Chancellor Dr. Peggy Doss