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ACC, SEC cancels remaining games due to coronavirus pandemic

The ACC won’t have any practices through the rest of the academic year, but the SEC hasn’t gone that far yet.
Florida State Seminoles cheerleaders during the Florida State Seminoles game against the Boise State Broncos at Doak Campbell Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida.  [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Florida State Seminoles cheerleaders during the Florida State Seminoles game against the Boise State Broncos at Doak Campbell Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

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The ACC and SEC have canceled all of their athletics competitions for the rest of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC announced the unanimous decision late Tuesday morning.

“Our top priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our fans, communities and the overall well-being of others during these uncharted times,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “We are particularly disappointed for our student-athletes and will continue to work with our membership to assess what is appropriate in the future.”

A few hours later, Florida State announced that it has canceled its spring game, any athletics-related banquets/ceremonies and new coach Mike Norvell’s spring speaking tour.

“Speaking for both Athletics and Seminole Boosters, we are taking important steps to ensure the health and safety of all citizens,” FSU athletic director David Coburn said. “It is clear that discouraging gatherings of more than 10 people is essential in limiting the spread of the virus.”

The SEC made a similar move Tuesday afternoon, ending all of its regular-season games plus football spring games through the rest of the academic year. Pro days have been scrapped, too.

But the SEC hasn’t completely canceled all practices/meetings yet, although they all remain suspended through at least April 15.

“This is a difficult day for all of us, and I am especially disappointed for our student-athletes,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. “The health and well-being of our entire conference community is an ongoing priority for the SEC as we continue to monitor developments and information about the COVID-19 virus.”

On Monday, the AAC canceled all of its athletic competitions and championships, but spring football remains possible (but highly unlikely) to resume.

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