BUCKHANNON – As sports fans watched league after league terminate or suspend their spring seasons this week on a national level, it hit closer to home with a pair of announcements made by West Virginia Wesleyan College and the Mountain East Conference.
Thursday started with an announcement from West Virginia Wesleyan president Joel Thierstein that the college was shutting down operations and will move to online instruction starting March 18.
In that announcement, it stated that Wesleyan’s participation in all intercollegiate athletic competitions, including NCAA and Mountain East Conference competitions, would end on Thursday, March 12.
The Mountain East Conference came out with a press release Thursday evening suspending all athletic competitions.
Their press release said, “In the interest of the safety and well-being of everyone involved in intercollegiate athletics and the public, the Mountain East Conference has suspended all athletic competitions indefinitely. The decision was made with unanimous support of the league's Board of Directors following today's decision by the NCAA to cancel winter and spring championships for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.”
That news came just prior to the NCAA dropping the biggest domino as they canceled all of its winter and spring championships, including the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The cancelations were made by all three institutions in an effort to avoid contributing to the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.