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Sunshine State Conference postpones fall sports season

The 45-year-old NCAA Division II conference includes Tampa, Eckerd and Saint Leo.
The University of Tampa women's volleyball team captured its third NCAA Division II national title in 2018. Due to coronavirus concerns, the Sunshine State Conference, which includes UT, is postponing its fall sports competition until the spring of 2021.
The University of Tampa women's volleyball team captured its third NCAA Division II national title in 2018. Due to coronavirus concerns, the Sunshine State Conference, which includes UT, is postponing its fall sports competition until the spring of 2021. [ BY JOEY JOHNSTON | University of Tampa ]
Published Jul. 19, 2020|Updated Jul. 19, 2020

The Sunshine State Conference, an NCAA Division II nonfootball league that includes the University of Tampa, Eckerd College and Saint Leo University, announced Saturday that it is postponing fall sports competition until the spring.

The decision, in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, affects men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball.

Fall competition in spring sports, including baseball and softball, also has been postponed. The conference indicated in its news release that it will decide by Oct. 1 whether its winter sports (basketball, swimming) can begin their seasons in the fall semester. Men’s and women’s basketball teams typically play their season openers in early November.

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“The (SSC) has always been about great leaders and incredible student-athletes. Nothing has changed,” longtime Saint Leo athletic director Fran Reidy tweeted Saturday evening. “We are just going to make the best of this challenge like we have done so many times before and be even greater than ever.”

While competition is postponed, student-athletes can still participate in conditioning, strength training and “other practice opportunities” in all sports during the fall semester, the league said, provided health and safety conditions permit such activities.

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