The Michigan State Spartans had an understandable reaction to today’s decision by the Big Ten to postpone the football season out of safety concerns thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic; the hope is that play will be able to get underway in the spring.
The team had been outside practicing when the news came through. First year head coach Mel Tucker gathered his team together to deliver the unfortunate decision, meaning that he’ll have to wait to make his debut with the team after taking over for the long tenured Mark Dantonio.
Athletic director Bill Beekman issued the following statement:
“The decision to postpone the fall season is heartbreaking,” Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman said in a statement, soon after the Big Ten made its announcement. “Our student-athletes have put in tireless hours of hard work to earn their scholarships and their places on our teams. They are what inspire every one of us who work in intercollegiate athletics. We understand that today’s news will be devastating for many of them. As an athletic department our goal is to provide opportunities for student-athletes both academically, athletically and socially. Sadly, the time has come where we must postpone those athletic opportunities, at least for the fall.”
Tucker is disappointed, but understands the decision was made with the safety and health of everyone involved in mind.
“From the beginning of this public health crisis there have been many unknowns for college football, thus it was important for me to listen and follow our medical staff and medical experts’ protocols for our workouts, practices and playing,” Tucker said in a statement. “The uncertainties caused by COVID-19 have created enormous stress for our players and their families and I am proud of their resilience. Our coaches and staff will continue to support their drive, dreams and decisions.
“While the conclusion to postpone the season is not easy for anyone, based on the medical recommendations, I respect the decision of the Big Ten Conference. When the medical experts tell us that we can get back to business, we’ll be ready. Until then, stay safe and Go Green.”
– – Quotes via Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News Link – –