No fans at NCAA Tournaments, games at FSU on as scheduled

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


  1. Jerry Kutz Reply

    Message to our readers,
    Cautionary decisions like these are being made globally by nations, communities, corporations, and sports franchises for public health reasons.
    Well intended, if inconvenient, decisions being made by people who I am sure are far smarter and have far more information than I.
    We’ve seen issues like these come and — thank goodness — go, over the years. In the meanwhile, Florida State Athletics will be affected, you and I will be affected, which is frustrating as the Seminole have been on an exceptional run of late.
    I know you hate this unusual situation as much as I do but to quote a TV commercial, “We have seen a thing our two in our time,” so I’d like to offer my perspective.
    Like every other athletic program, FSU Athletics is a small ship in an uncertain sea.
    Over the next few weeks and months collegiate and professional sports franchises will need to remain fluid in response to decisions being made by others, with whom they must comply. Federal and State agencies, the NCAA and conference offices, and the university and community leaders who are on FSU’s schedule to name but a few.
    As we move through this, The Osceola’s promise to you is we will shed as much light on the subject as we can verify about matters affecting you, your athletics program and university.
    If you have questions, or comments, feel free to send me an email at jkutz@theosceola.com or call me on my cell at 850.508.8690.
    Jerry Kutz
    The Osceola

  2. Patricia Reply

    Wise words Jerry. The sooner this situation is addressed, the sooner it will be eliminated.. It’s not forever and events can be streamed. People need to pull together for the greater good.. Losing even one student or fan, for conveniences to stay in place, is one too many.

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