Multiple NCAA men’s conference tournaments canceled due to coronavirus


TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Multiple Division I conferences announced Thursday morning that they would be canceling the remainder of their conference tournaments due to the coronavirus.

This includes the Southland Conference, which is where SFA plays.

The Southland Conference has issued the following statement in regards to th 2020 Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, Texas, amid concerns about the COVID-19 situation.

“The Southland Conference has been monitoring the situation with the coronavirus very closely. The health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches, officials, fans and other tournament personnel is of utmost importance. As a result, the Southland Conference has determined that the prudent course of action is to cancel the remainder of the tournament effective immediately.”

Other details pertaining to the tournament and the continuation of postseason play are not yet known. This release will be adjusted with any updates on the status of the 2019-20 basketball postseason for the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks.

Taking precautions due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Southland Conference also announced it is suspending all spring sports competition effective immediately and through March 30. Earlier today, the Southland canceled its 2020 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.

This includes all conference and non-conference contests for the Southland’s spring sports. Conference and campus administrators will convene in the coming weeks to determine exact return-to-competition arrangements and other issues.

In addition to the suspension of current spring sports competition, the SFA Football Junior Day has been postponed, and the 2020 SFA Football Spring game has been canceled.

However, SFA spring practice will continue through its final scheduled workout in April.

This comes just one day after the NBA temporarily suspended their season after one player tested positive.

The UIL is allowing the state tournament to continue, but only to a “limited number of fans.”

This is a developing story

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