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NSIC cancels all division ll games through end of year, affecting UMD

Updated: August 14, 2020 08:41 AM

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s Board of Directors has suspended all division ll sports games through the end of the year, affecting the University of Minnesota Duluth, except for hockey. 

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The decision includes all fall athletic competition, including games and championships. It comes after the NCAA Board of Governors directed institutions and conferences to meet specific requirements to conduct fall sports, and after the NCAA Division II Presidents Council canceled its fall championships. Hockey is governed under a different division and conference so it is not affected as of now. 

"In light of the recent decisions made by the NCAA Board of Governors, it is no longer feasible to conduct outside competition this fall semester. Our student-athletes deserve a competitive experience that provides a greater degree of safety and certainty than current conditions would allow. We believe now is the right time to provide clarity to our student-athletes so we can turn our efforts towards helping institutions reopen and ensuring a safe return to campus to start the academic year," NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind said in a news release. 

Though games are canceled, UMD Athletics issued a statement saying it plans to "conduct as much meaningful team athletic activity, including training and practices, as is appropriate under the current circumstances."

"As with other COVID-19 related cancellations, Bulldog Athletics is deeply disappointed for our student athletes who will not have the opportunity to compete this fall, but understands and respects the NSIC's decision in the interest of campus, community and public health," Bulldog Athletic Director Josh Berlo said.

"At this time we are focused on supporting our student athletes, helping them navigate the current challenges and making the most of the athletic activities (training, skill development, team meetings and practices) during the coming fall semester," Berlo continued.

"As a member of the working group that developed this measure I fully support the steps taken given the challenges of COVID-19 while also heartbroken for our student athletes. Regardless, we will make the best of the fall semester for our great Bulldog student athletes," Sr. Associate Athletic Director & Sr. Woman Administrator Karen Stromme said.

The NSIC has posted additional information in a question-and-answer format on its website.
 

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