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Centre College won’t have fall sports

Another Kentucky college makes the tough decision to not have fall sports.

Centre College/Robert Boag

Another Kentucky college has canceled fall sports due to the coronavirus.

On Thursday, Centre College announced that the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) voted to suspend all athletic competitions until at least January 1, 2021, which means no college football or other fall sports for the private college located in Danville.

Other affected sports include men’s soccer, women’s soccer, field hockey, volleyball, cheerleading, and men’s and women’s cross country.

Centre is a Division III school that competes in the SAA.

“This regrettable action comes after months of discussions by our member institutions on how we might responsibly and safely implement the resocialization of intercollegiate sport on our campuses,” school president Milton Moreland said. “With the data we have in hand at this time, the conclusion reached by our presidents is that it is in the best interest of our student-athletes to push our fall competitions to the spring.”

In addition, winter sports of swimming and diving, women’s basketball and men’s basketball will not compete against outside competition prior to January 1.

Centre joins Kentucky State as schools in the Bluegrass that have canceled fall sports for 2020. While these are smaller schools compared to bigger universities like UK and Louisville, it’s yet another sign that fall sports are in serious danger across all of college athletics.