Morehouse College has cancelled its 2020 fall sports schedule due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the school announced Friday.
President David A. Thomas wrote on the school’s website that the football and cross country teams would not compete this year, and that all scholarships for participating athletes would be honored.
"Like all of the decisions we've made related to COVID-19, this was a difficult one but was made with the health and well-being of our students and community in mind,” Thomas wrote, adding that teams could not safely travel while maintaining social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC. “Sporting events also invite individuals to our campus who will not be subject to the testing and monitoring that we plan to implement for our students, faculty, and staff,” he continued, reiterating his hope that the campus will be open for classes in August.
Morehouse is a Historically Black College in Atlanta. The Maroon Tigers compete in the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). It is believed to be the first scholarship football program to call off its 2020 season.
Thomas said no decisions have yet been made on the status of competition for winter and spring sports. “Those decisions will be forthcoming later in the year,” he wrote.