The threat of COVID-19 has prompted unprecedented actions by the NCAA and colleges.
The NCAA released a statement on Wednesday afternoon, encouraging that men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament games continue but that they will only be played in front of “essential personnel” and families but not crowds from around the country:
When Florida State students return on March 23, there will be no in-person classes for two weeks, the university announced on Wednesday. Face-to-face classes are set to resume April 6.
“FSU’s highest priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff,” president John Thrasher posted on Twitter.
The university will remain open and athletics competition on campus is going on as scheduled. FSU baseball played host Illinois State on Wednesday night at Dick Howser Stadium, while FSU softball played at Florida.
FSU football is scheduled to practice Thursday morning before taking time off for spring break.
The ACC men’s basketball tournament is also on as scheduled. FSU is set to play Clemson on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in a quarterfinal game.
Florida A&M and Tallahassee Community College are also moving to online classes. Other college and pro leagues around the country are taking action, among them:
- The Ivy League has suspended all spring sports
- Big West and MAC tournament games are being played but without fans
- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is considering a suspension of “mass gatherings,” which would include NCAA Tournament games in Dayton and Cleveland next week as well as NHL games
- The Golden State Warriors are playing their home game on Thursday without fans
- NFL pro days could be postponed. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah posted on Twitter that he has heard from scouting colleagues who have been pulled off the road due to travel concerns. FSU’s pro day is March 23
This story will be updated as more information is provided