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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Horizon League, NKU Delay Fall Sports Competition to October 1

Horizon League has announced that it will postpone the start of fall sports competition this year.
(Img: NKU Norse freshman Lindsey Meyer plays against Cleveland State in Fall 2019. The 2019 Highlands alum scored three goals and had two assists after earning a starting role at forward halfway through the season. FTM File)

The following is a press release from Bryan McEldowney, the Assistant Athletic Director for NKU:
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The Horizon League office in Indianapolis has announced that the start of fall sports competition will be postponed until October 1, prioritizing the health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.




This decision was made by the Horizon League Council and aligns with Northern Kentucky’s core values of student-athlete well-being and integrity, as the delay allows the league members an opportunity to help protect its student-athletes and assist in limiting the spread of the virus.

“These decisions are never made lightly, but the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans of Norse Nation and all Horizon League institutions must be our top priority,” said Ken Bothof, director of athletics. “With the recent increases in the number of new cases, as well as travel restrictions being enacted across the country and league footprint, the Horizon League Council felt this was the best course of action.”

Teams will still be permitted to workout, practice and meet as permitted by NCAA rules. The Horizon League Council will continue to monitor the guidelines, recommendations and developments surrounding the pandemic. If the Council determines competition can resume in the fall while remaining consistent with the principle of safety, new start dates, schedules and postseason framework will be developed. 






However, if the Council concludes fall competition cannot be safely conducted, a timeline will be developed to determine if fall sports competition can be held in the spring.

Norse Athletics remains committed to its student-athletes, coaches and staff and will continue to support them as NKU navigates the unprecedented impact of COVID-19.

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