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NKU fall sports may move to spring as Horizon League postpones competition

League working on spring timeline
Posted at 4:49 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 17:04:15-04

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — The Horizon League has postponed fall sports competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league office announced Thursday.

That decision impacts Northern Kentucky University’s fall sports like men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country, as well as men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball.

The league office said it will develop a timeline to determine if fall sports competition in soccer, volleyball and cross country can be held in the spring.

Baseball, golf, softball and tennis spring seasons are not impacted by this decision, nor are the seasons of traditional winter sports like basketball and indoor track and field.

“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans continues to be our highest priority,” said Ken Bothof, NKU director of athletics, in a news release. “With the ever-changing environment due to COVID-19, there is a great deal of uncertainty. We hope this announcement brings some clarity to our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans. And, we look forward to working towards a spring season for those impacted programs.”

Norse student-athletes and teams can continue with workouts, practices and meetings, per NCAA rules.

"The Horizon League Council will continue to monitor the guidelines, recommendations and developments surrounding the pandemic," according to the league's announcement.