The Pac-12 made the decision Saturday to cancel all sports for the remainder of the school year as concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continue to impact the nation.
A statement issued by the Pac-12:
“At a meeting of the Pac-12 CEO Group and Athletic Directors earlier today, the Pac-12 made the decision to cancel all Pac-12 conference and non-conference sport competitions and Pac-12 championships through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year. This decision follows both the Pac-12’s earlier decision to suspend all sports until further notice, and the decision by the NCAA to cancel the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 NCAA basketball tournaments as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.
“In addition, the Pac-12 Conference has made the decision to prohibit all organized team athletically-related activities until at least March 29, at which time it will revisit this decision.”
Colorado competes in six spring sports: men’s and women’s track and field; men’s and women’s golf; women’s lacrosse and women’s tennis.
The women’s lacrosse team was five games into its season, going 3-2. The 25th-ranked Buffs had 11 regular season games left on the remaining schedule.
CU’s men’s golf team had competed in three events this spring, with three more regular season tournaments and the Pac-12 Championships scheduled. The women’s golf team was also three events into its spring season, with two more and the Pac-12 Championships scheduled.
Women’s tennis, which began in January, was 8-6 this spring and had nine more dual matches set before the Pac-12 Championships in April.
Track and field, which had the Indoor NCAA Championships canceled this weekend, was scheduled to kick off the home portion of the outdoor season next weekend with the Jerry Quiller Classic. CU had 14 meets scheduled for the regular season, with Pac-12 Championships in May.
On Friday, CU announced that spring football practices have been postponed until at least March 29. It is possible that the Buffs would practice after that.
CU’s women’s soccer and volleyball teams are also impacted, as they will cancel spring scrimmages and alter, if not cancel, their spring training.