SEC, ACC Cancel Remainder Of Softball Competition
The SEC and ACC officially canceled the remainder of competition for the 2020 softball season on Tuesday.
Amid precautions taken worldwide over the recent coronavirus outbreak, several NCAA conferences either suspended or canceled their spring seasons outright last week. In an unprecedented move, the NCAA announced the cancellation of both its winter and spring championships, including the 2020 Women’s College World Series.
"This is a difficult day for all of us, and I am especially disappointed for our student-athletes," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "The health and well-being of our entire conference community is an ongoing priority for the SEC as we continue to monitor developments and information about the COVID-19 virus."
ACC Commissioner John Swofford followed suit with a statement of his own: "Our top priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our fans, communities and the overall well-being of others during these uncharted times. We are particularly disappointed for our student-athletes and will continue to work with our membership to assess what is appropriate in the future."
The NCAA announced on March 13 that it would grant relief to Division I, II and III spring student-athletes for the use of a season of competition. The details surrounding that decision have not yet been announced.