The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents announced on Wednesday, July 22 that the start of competition for fall sports, except for football, will be suspended until Sept. 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The OVC also said that women’s soccer and volleyball will conduct conference-only competition this season.
"Today's announcement from the Ohio Valley Conference that the start of competition in several fall sports will be delayed is understandingly disappointing for the student-athletes and coaches of those programs who represent the EKU community so well," EKU Director of Athletics Matt Roan said in a statement.
The fall competitive schedules for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis will also be delayed until Sept. 17, as will the non-traditional competition seasons for baseball and softball.
“The Board will continue to vigilantly monitor the situation to ensure the Conference’s plans are supported by current medical evidence and guidance,” the email said.
According to the email, this change will not affect winter and spring sports.
Roan said that at EKU and in the OVC, the health and well-being of the student-athletes are their top priority.
“The delay will provide each campus additional time to prepare for the seasons under new health guidelines, to stagger the start of seasons and for institutions to experience the impact of having the student body return to campus,” the email said.
Roan said that this decision was made in the best interest of the student-athletes and that EKU fully supports the decision.