TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – There’s extra COVID testing than soccer happening at Florida A&M College’s Bragg Stadium and that may stay the case for the approaching months after the college has formally canceled the Rattlers season that was postponed to the spring.
Citing well being and financial considerations, FAMU canceled its plans to play any soccer within the 2020-21 college 12 months. The Mid-Japanese Athletic Convention had launched its spring soccer schedule final month that includes a six-game common season. FAMU was ranked No. 25 within the FCS coaches final season after ending 9-2.
The Rattlers’ first season of varsity soccer was in 1906. It follows rival Bethune-Cookman’s related transfer late final month to cancel all sports activities for the rest of the educational 12 months. B-CU and FAMU’s Florida Traditional is a casualty of the choice.
“This choice was definitely powerful,” stated Kornte Gosha, FAMU vp and athletic director.
Gosha stated after seeing different groups throughout the state face cancellations and even layoffs to make their soccer seasons occur, the college needed to make the decision.
“This choice was actually primarily based off well being and security and our potential to offer a profitable atmosphere for our student-athletes,” Gosha stated.
Bigger universities like Florida State College stated they don’t have any plans to change their seasons, at the moment underway.
College of South Florida head coach Jeff Scott informed News4Jax they’re assured the season will proceed.
“It’s all about our present procedures that we have now in place and we’re lucky that we have now USF Well being on our campus,” Scott stated.
However he didn’t rule out the potential of a change sooner or later.
“In 2020, nothing is assured,” stated Scott.
Not like the bigger universities, FAMU doesn’t have the TV and multimedia contracts that would have made a spring season secure and economically viable.
“I imply it’s very clear, had we performed spring soccer, our soccer program, particularly, would have operated at a loss,” stated Gosha.
Along with soccer, FAMU additionally canceled spring season for indoor observe and subject and volleyball.
The college is hopeful, nevertheless, sports activities will have the ability to return subsequent fall.
FAMU is asking alumni and donors to assist hold their applications alive by way of the pandemic.
The college is encouraging supporters to donate to the Rattler Athletic Fund.
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