WAYNE – Three days after suspending all athletic activities for each of the NSIC’s 16-member institutions, a decision was made to call off spring competition.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced Sunday evening that the league’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to suspend all activities related to intercollegiate athletics. This would also cancel the remaining 2020 spring conference competition and championships due to concerns of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The continued suspension of all countable athletically related activities (CARA) for all 18 NSIC sports remains in effect. The conference will re-evaluate CARA on or before April 1.
The health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans is the conference’s top priority. It is their responsibility to take these unprecedented actions to address this public-health crisis.
Formed in 1992 by the merger of the Northern Intercollegiate Conference (men’s league) and the Northern Sun Conference (women’s league), the NSIC has flourished over the past quarter century, maturing into a 16-team union of Upper Midwest colleges and universities to form arguably the strongest affiliation in NCAA Division II. The NSIC is a 16-team, 18-sport, NCAA Division II conference with institutions located in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The NSIC is a model Division II conference that uses high-level athletics competition to develop champions in the classroom and community while empowering student-athletes to be impactful and positive leaders.