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SIAC cancels fall sports affecting Kentucky State University

School will honor scholarships to student-athletes
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Posted at 11:10 AM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 11:10:35-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) has made the difficult decision to cancel play for its members in any of its fall sports. That means Kentucky State will not compete will not have a football season and many other fall sports.

The SIAC believes its member institutions can't compete without violating the social distancing guidelines. Its decision also doesn't apply to the winter and spring athletic seasons. The decision on those sports will be made at a later date.

In its release Kentucky State said it respects the consensus of the conference leadership and member presidents in reaching this extraordinarily difficult but necessary decision. "As a fan of intercollegiate sports and president of one of the nation's most important public historically black land-grant universities, I can confirm the current global COVID-19 pandemic is fraught with multiple fault lines," said KSU President M. Christopher Brown II. "There are significant tensions operating in every effort to balance the science surrounding the current health crisis and the campus' traditional activities and operations."

President Brown also said Kentucky State will honor the athletic scholarships for all of its current and incoming students and have begun the process to guarantee no loss of eligibility.