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Mississippi junior college power house pauses team activities due to COVID concerns

Monday night, the defending national champions, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College announced that it will be pausing all football related activities for at least 14 days, effective immediately.

The release from the college did not indicate exactly why they are pausing and does not say that there are COVID cases within the program. The school however does say that the measure is taken out of "an abundance of caution".

"We are extremely proud of the safety precautions we have in place here at MGCCC and within our athletic department," said Dr. Ladd Taylor, Vice President of the Perkinston Campus and George County Center. "This pause of football operations is being implemented in order to keep our student-athletes, coaches, and everyone associated with our football program safe, which is our No. 1 priority. We look forward to resuming football operations when it is safe to do so.

The bulldogs are half way through their 2020 season with a 3-0 record so far. The 14 day pause will only effect one game as the bulldogs were already off this week. The November 5th game against Jones Community College will be postponed as the 14 day pause will not end until November 10th.

Gulf Coast Community College experienced another disruption in their season two weeks ago when another MACCC member school, Copiah-Lincoln Community College paused its football operations amid COVID-19 concerns. The game between the two schools was postponed.

This summer, the NJCCA caused an uproar among some when they decided to postpone the football season until the Spring. The MACCC dissented and ultimately decided to have a season this fall.

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