Old Dominion announced on Monday that it is postponing all fall sports, including football, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
ODU is the first conference US team to announce that it will not play this fall.
“We concluded that the season – including travel and competition – posed too great a risk to our student-athletes,” said school president John R. Broderick.
Former Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne, who was hired in December to coach the Old Dominions football team, issued a statement saying his “heart aches for our student athletes” but that he supported the decision.
̵1; Ricky Rahne (@RickyRahne) August 10, 2020
The launch will also affect field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball seasons. The school hopes to be able to play its spring sports seasons pending NCAA approval.
Old Dominion joins UConn and MAC in interrupting the autumn football seasons.
On July 20, athletic director Wood Selig offered insight into the discussion of a question & question on the school’s news site.
“I have to say that the only thing that is different now is that the coronavirus is bigger and worse than it was in March and that it is more widespread now than it was expected to be,” he said. “If it was a good idea in March to stop competing, I can not help but think it would be a smart idea to keep that philosophy this fall.”
Selig also said that he does not feel that the spring season is a safe bet.
“If there is no vaccine in January, and we are still facing what we are today, is spring really the answer or are we just continuing to kick in the can on the road we have been?” he said. “In all honesty, as high a contact as so many of our sports are, until there is a vaccine, I think we’m just kidding that it will be safe (to play sports) and that we will be OK. If health and “Safety for our student-athletes, coaches and others is indicative of what we do, not revenue, not dollars and cents, so I think the decision is simple. I think it’s obvious.”