WAYNE – NCAA Division II colleges and universities got the news that could shake up the sports industry as each conference in their regions will now address their regular season differently.
According to a release from the NCAA Division II Twitter account, the DII Presidents Council has canceled the 2020 fall championships for seven sports. The announcement came Wednesday late afternoon due to the operational, logistical and financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a social media post from WSC Director of Athletics, Mike Powicki he stated, “I’m absolutely heartbroken for our WSC Wildcats fall sports student-athletes and coaches. However, this is not the end. I know answers may not come as quickly as we all would like, but we are here to support you all. Try to stay positive. Go Cats!!”
Several other WSC coaches have also voiced their support for their fellow coaches across the country and all student-athletes.
Head women’s soccer coach at WSC, Joe Cleary said the upcoming meetings will determine what the fall sports could look like.
“Our Wayne State College Leadership, President (Marysz) Rames and Mike Powicki (AD) have done such a good job,” said Cleary. “Of like preparing our school and our athletics for going forward with playing; we were planning on playing.”
Presidents and Athletic Directors from NSIC member schools will be meeting Thursday morning looking over options of still playing a regular season, look at spring or a split-option. Another meeting will also be held on Monday, August 10.
NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind mentioned “the conference will continue to navigate the impact the pandemic will have on conference competition in the coming days. My heart hurts for the outstanding young women and men who compete in fall sports. WE will get through this!”
Coach Cleary is hoping everyone can maintain positivity and give all student-athletes good vibes.
“People say ‘oh it’s just a sport, it’s not a big deal’,” Clear added. “I think that everyone needs to remember that a lot of the kids work really, really hard and they want to be safe as well but it’s a big part of their identity.