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Bethune-Cookman cancels spring athletics amidst COVID concerns

Posted at 10:16 AM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 18:34:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — In a memo sent out Monday night, Bethune-Cookman president E. LaBrent Chrite announcing the Wildcats would forgo all spring athletic competition, including football and men's and women's basketball.

Chrite cited the recent spike in COVID-19 positivity rates in the state, across Volusia County, and on their campus that "now is simply not he time to resume athletic competition."

The canceling of the football season, originally moved to the spring across the MEAC due to COVID concerns, leaves Florida A&M without two games this spring.

The MEAC unveiled their plan for play, which included splitting the conference into regions. The Rattlers were set to have a home and home with the Wildcats.

ABC 27 spoke with Florida A&M Athletic Director Kortne Gosha Monday night, who said in regards to possibly scheduling new opponents: "We have to assess the situation and monitor what's next for us and what decision the MEAC will make with this development. However, the health and safety of our kids will be at the forefront of all decisions for FAMU athletics."

Along with canceling spring athletics, Bethune-Cookman will conduct classes exclusively online for the rest of the semester.

The campus has enacted a "shelter in place" curfew from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Sunday through the remainder of the semester.