April 11, 2021

Stevens County Times

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UMAC postpones football, soccer and volleyball

The University of Minnesota Morris announced Thursday, July 30 that it will postpone Cougar fall competitions in football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball, following the announcement from the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC).

Conference members voted to modify the timing of conference competition and championships for fall sports classified as high‐risk (football, soccer and volleyball) by the NCAA Sports Science Institute (SSI).

UMN Morris hopes to pursue competition in these sports during spring semester.

“The decision to postpone football, volleyball, and men’s and women’s soccer was not easily made, but given regional and national trends and the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference’s vote, this is the best decision for the health and safety of Cougar student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans,” UMN Morris athletic director Matt Johnson said. “All of our teams will continue to practice all fall with practices, intersquad scrimmages, etc.”

Cougar men’s and women’s golf, classified as low‐risk sports by NCAA SSI, will continue to compete this fall, with conference championships conducted as planned. Men’s and women’s cross country may compete in regular season competition and conference championships as planned, provided accommodations and modifications can be made to move all regular season and conference championship events to low‐risk classification per the adjustments outlined by the NCAA SSI. Competition for golf and cross country will be limited to conference members only, per an earlier decision by the UMAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Stevens County Times.

Brooke Kern