The Great Midwest Athletic Conference announced on Monday that it has postponed fall contact sports to the spring. The conference includes the University of Findlay and Tiffin. The decision affects football, women’s volleyball, and wens and women’s soccer. Athletes playing golf, tennis, and running cross country will be allowed to continue with fall competition assuming that they can conform to national, local, and NCAA health and safety requirements, according to a statement from the conference.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has begun two new road construction projects. State Route 568 two miles east of CR 236 has closed for replacement of the bridge over the outlet ditch. The road will be closed for the next 4 months. A detour is posted including state routes 37, 15, and 330.
Pavement repairs have begun on US 224 between SR 235 and Ottawa. The highway will be reduced to one lane with flaggers on hand as the work occurs. Repaving of the stretch is expected to begin next week, with one lane maintained.
State road crews continue with several ongoing projects this week including I-75, bridge work on State Route 12 east of Findlay, and bridge replacements on State Route 37 near Riverdale School and in Arlington.
The MAC says its Council of Presidents unanimously voted to take the action with the health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and communities as its top priority.
The fall sports affected are men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. At this time, there have been no decisions made regarding winter sports.
MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher says the conference will make every effort to provide competitive opportunities for the postponed sports in the spring.
“We support the difficult decision to postpone all Mid-American Conference fall seasons in the best interests of health and safety. BGSU Athletics will work with each student-athlete impacted as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis together. Unlike our academic and campus experiences, athletic competition rarely allows for physical distancing and additional safeguards such as wearing face coverings. Our student athletes and coaches of men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball continue to be outstanding ambassadors of Bowling Green State University, and we look forward to competing next spring”
MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher delivers his statement at today's press conference announcing the postponement of fall sports. pic.twitter.com/M92cP4KiWD