LA GRANDE, OR — (Release from EOU) Earlier this morning a majority vote by the Council of Presidents of the Cascade Conference led to the difficult decision that all CCC fall sports seasons will be postponed to Spring 2021. Additionally, outside competition in all CCC sports is suspended until at least November 1st and will be reevaluated at that time. Schools will have autonomy to conduct practices, weight training, conditioning and other team activities in accordance with campus, local and state policies, as well as, the NAIA approved 24-week period.
“The on-going issues with COVID-19 and the surge in cases, in particular in the geographical regions of our members schools, has made the prospect of properly conducting a fall season with the confidence we need to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes during this pandemic unrealistic,” stated commissioner Robert Cashell.
The decision was made with safety in mind and hopes of avoiding a stop-and-go season due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our commitment is to the health, safety and academic success of our students. We know our athletes are ready and excited to compete as soon as possible. This is a tough decision, and one that I do not take lightly, but I believe we are making it in the best interest of our students, coaches, staff, and fans. Managing around this current situation to enable our teams to have stronger, healthier seasons in the spring just makes sense.” Tom Inkso, EOU President
The news of postponement comes one week after EOU released a fall resumption plan that complies with public health guidelines in efforts to hold on-campus classes and activities in September.
The fall sports delayed are women’s volleyball, men’s/women’s cross-country, men’s/women’s soccer and men’s/women’s golf.
In regards to football, EOU joins fellow Cascade Conference member institutions Southern Oregon University and College of Idaho as associate members of the Frontier Conference. All schools are aligned on also moving football from fall to spring regardless of the decision by the Frontier Conference, who at this time has not made a decision to delay fall sports seasons.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, students, and community continues to be our top priority. This extremely difficult decision was made with the hopes to give our student-athletes the best opportunity to get in a full season of competition while remaining healthy. I understand the disappointment that comes with this decision, but it was made in the best interest of our student-athletes and community. Unity and strength through this difficult time is what will help us get through this together.” Anji Weissenfluh, Director of Athletics
No decisions were made regarding delaying the winter sports of men’s/women’s basketball or men’s/women’s wrestling at this time. The league will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and if necessary, winter sports could be adjusted as well.
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