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USF cancels all team practices until at least April 5

The decision means the Bulls’ spring football game, schedule for April 18, won’t occur on that date.
USF vice-president of athletics Michael Kelly announced Friday no Bulls team practices will be held until at least April 5 in response to coronavirus concerns. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
USF vice-president of athletics Michael Kelly announced Friday no Bulls team practices will be held until at least April 5 in response to coronavirus concerns. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

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As expected, USF announced Friday evening it has canceled all team practices until April 5, and has encouraged all its student-athletes to remain home until then if possible.

As a result of the directive, amid the ballooning concerns over the coronavirus , USF’s on-campus spring football game ― initially scheduled for April 18 ― will not be held that day. Whether it will be played at a later time remains unclear.

“We will continue to monitor the latest information and consult with our medical staff as we determine the next appropriate steps, including when the resumption of practice sessions is prudent,” Kelly said in a statement released by the school.

Related: NCAA to grant an extra year for athletes in spring sports

USF’s actions come a day after American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco announced all league spring sports competition is suspended until further notice. The NCAA already has called off all winter and spring sports championships.

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