The ACC officially extinguished any hope of holding spring football ahead of the 2020 season, the conference announced Tuesday. The move was part of a sweeping announcement that closes all athletic activities for the conference for the 2019-20 academic year.
From the conference:
Following further consultation with the league’s member institutions, and after previously suspending all athletic activities indefinitely, the ACC has made the decision to cancel all athletic related activities including all competition and practice through the end of the 2019-20 academic year. The unanimous decision was made to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19. Each institution will continue to work in accordance with its respective university and state policies related to its individual campus decisions.
“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,” said ACC commissioner John Swofford. “We are particularly disappointed for our student-athletes and will continue to work with our membership to assess what is appropriate in the future.”
Conference activities had previously just been suspended through the ACC basketball tournament. The move puts the ACC in alignment with the rest of FBS in canceling competition up to fall 2020, leaving only the SEC yet to cancel competition.
Almost all FBS leagues have canceled spring practices as well.
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