By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
March 12, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced all athletic-related activities and events have been suspended until further notice in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Statement from the Atlantic Coast Conference:— The ACC (@theACC) March 12, 2020
“The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic related activities including all competition, formal and organized practice, recruiting and participation in NCAA championships until further notice."
"The decision was made following consultation with the league’s presidents and athletic directors to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19.”— The ACC (@theACC) March 12, 2020
Statement from ACC Commissioner John Swofford:— The ACC (@theACC) March 12, 2020
“This is unchartered territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority. This decision is aimed to protect from the further spread of COVID-19.”
About an hour before the ACC made an announcement, Duke University announced it was suspending all upcoming athletics events and travel until further notice.
Impacted events for Florida State include spring football practice, baseball and softball games and FSU's basketball team's participation in the NCAA Tournament.
Later Thursday, FSU Athletic Director David Coburn released the following statement,
“The ACC presidents and athletic directors, with the advice of U.S. health officials, have determined that the immediate suspension of competitions, practices and recruiting is the best course of action in response to the coronavirus threat. We regret having to take this action, but we believe it is in the best interest of our student-athletes and fans. Moving forward, we will continue to closely monitor all developments as they occur.”