The Old Dominion Monarchs have announced the cancellation of their 2020 fall sports season, including football, due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The decision to cancel fall sports at Old Dominion University was made in concert with President John R. Broderick, Athletic Director Wood Selig, coaches, medical and public health experts, and state and local officials.
“We concluded that the season – including travel and competition – posed too great a risk for our student-athletes,” ODU President John R. Broderick said. “I know many on and off campus will be disappointed, but we must prioritize the health and safety of our student-athletes, as well as our coaches, staff and fans.”
Old Dominion is a member of Conference USA, which announced last week that they would move forward with an eight-game conference schedule and up to four non-conference games in 2020.
“I am pleased with the careful consideration of our Board regarding the health and safety of our student athletes as well as their commitment to accountability,” Board Chair Dr. Les Guice, President, Louisiana Tech University stated last week.
Old Dominion athletic director Wood Selig stated that he hopes fall sports can be played in the spring. The school is the 14th to postpone/cancel their season, joining UConn and the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
“As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, our staff will continue to find creative and safe ways to develop our players,” first-year head football coach Ricky Rahne said. “The health and safety of our players will remain a priority for our football program and our University.”