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SSU Starts Football Practice

The Savannah State University football team their began fall practice on October 19.

The Tigers will practice for five weeks with on the field practices on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and weight training on Tuesday and Thursdays. The team should finish up fall drill a week before the Thanksgiving break.

Head coach Shawn Quinn has over 100 players in fall camp with 52 being newcomers.

There is no clear future for games, but Savannah State will return in some fashion in the spring.

This is a free semester, as far as eligibility is concerned. The NCAA will allow a red-shirt for everyone who doesn’t play this fall. Savannah State is taking advantage of the situation, following a rigorous return to action plan that includes regular COVID testing, the proper use of masks and social distancing.

The future is unpredictable, but the Shawn Quinn ear of Savannah State football is being built around Quinn’s philosophy of unity within the team and an unyielding desire to be the best that they can be as people and student-athletes.

Shawn Quinn
Shawn Quinn

Bethune- Cookman Cancels Sports Seasons

Bethune-Cookman President E. LaBrent Chrite announced on October 27 that the university was canceling its remaining 2020- 21 athletic season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“In the face of a surging COVID-19 spike across much of the country and the State of Florida, we have concluded that the risks are too great for our student-athletes and staff to travel and compete at this time,” President Chrite said. The university has ceased all student athletic activities until further notice, out of an abundance of caution. “The health and safety of our student athletes, as well as our coaches, staff and fans will always be our top priority.”

B-CU becomes one of the first NCAA Division I institutions to opt out of all sports for the remainder of the year. The decision was made after a series of meetings with stakeholders across the campus community and with Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lynn W. Thompson, coaches, medical and public health experts and state and local officials, President Chrite said.

E. LaBrent Chrite
E. LaBrent Chrite

“We obviously recognize that other institutions may elect to move forward with spring competition. The decision for us, however, was not a complicated one. The risk premium is simply too high and our priority remains the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff,” President Chrite said. “As members of the B-CU family constantly engage in various forms of civic engagement, this decision also protects our community partners as well.”

Through the pandemic, the dissemination of information on safety protocols and testing has been vital.

“We’ve administered nearly 6,000 tests since the start of the school year, and up until a little over a week ago, saw remarkably positive results from our testing protocols. Over the past eight days, however, we’ve noted a sudden spike in cases on campus, hence this decision.” Thompson said. “B-CU athletics has survived hurricanes, tornadoes and a myriad of other challenges. This pandemic has affected us all, including me personally,” said Thompson, who lost his own brother-in law to Covid-19 last month. “Now is not the time for us to roll the balls out and play. It’s the time to close ranks and protect our community so that we can remain safe until it’s time to play again.”

The 2020-21 athletic season would have been the 40th and final season for B-CU as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Effective July 2021, the Wildcats will become members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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