Penn State cancels all upcoming sports

Penn State has canceled all sports for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic school year and canceled the Blue-White Game, which was scheduled to be held April 18, out of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

All athletically related activities also have been suspended by the school, which made the announcement Thursday evening.

Earlier Thursday, Penn State announced it was suspending all football-related activities, but at the time said that no final decision had been made about the Blue-White Game. Several hours later, the announcement was made about canceling the spring game.

“As heartbreaking as this is for our student-athletes, coaches and staff, it is clear that the decision to suspend competition and focus on this worldwide health crisis is the only responsible action,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a university statement. “This is an unprecedented situation and is very difficult to navigate and requires us to move forward with an abundance of caution.

“We are fully supportive and in agreement with the decisions today by the Big Ten and NCAA as the health and welfare of our student-athletes, staff and community is paramount. We know this announcement is disappointing for our student-athletes, and our hearts ache for their lost opportunities. However, we are committed to their continuing education, health, safety and welfare and that of our community.”

The Northeast Conference earlier had announced that it would suspend all sports conference play until at least March 29.


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