The Patriot League Council of Presidents announced July 13 it has made the difficult decision to not engage in competition during the fall championship and non-championship seasons.
Decisions surrounding winter and spring sport competition will be made at a later date. Opportunities for practice and strength and conditioning in all sports will be permitted provided health and safety conditions support these engagements.
“While I am again devastated for our Loyola student-athletes who have been preparing for their return to competition this fall, I support the decision by the Patriot League Council of Presidents as it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes,” said Donna M. Woodruff, Loyola’s assistant vice president and director of athletics. “Our nation finds itself in very uncertain times; however, I know our Loyola coaches and staff will remain focused on ensuring the best experiences possible for all of our student-athletes as we move forward.”
Following is the text of the Patriot League announcement:
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Recognizing the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to present significant challenges to our campuses and communities, the Patriot League Council of Presidents announces the following decisions regarding Patriot League competition:
- Patriot League teams will not engage in competition in the fall season (championship and non-championship);
- Decisions surrounding winter and spring sport competition will be made at a later date; and,
- The opportunity for conditioning, strength training and other practice opportunities in all sports will be permitted provided health and safety conditions support such activities.
Because the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy are unique in their environments and their missions within higher education, the Council of Presidents agree that the academies may continue to engage in competitive opportunities as considered appropriate by their respective Superintendents.
The collegiate athletics experience at all Patriot League institutions is valuable to fulfilling our educational and developmental missions, and the League recognizes that any degree of non-competition this fall is deeply disappointing to our student-athletes, coaches, and fans. However, the health and safety of our campuses and communities must be our highest priority.
The League is committed to exploring creative approaches and alternatives to providing future competitive experiences to our fall sport student-athletes, including the possibility of conducting fall sport competition and championships in the second semester.
Patriot League Council of Presidents
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, American University
Robert A. Brown, Boston University
John Bravman, Bucknell University
Philip Boroughs, S.J., College of the Holy Cross
Brian W. Casey, Colgate University
Alison R. Byerly, Lafayette College
John D. Simon, Lehigh University
Brian Linnane, S.J., Loyola University Maryland
Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, United States Military Academy
Vice Adm. Sean Buck, United States Naval Academy
— Loyola Athletics press release
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