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ACC cancels all sports for remainder of academic year

We knew it was coming, but it’s sad nonetheless.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 04 ACC Women’s Tournament - Wake Forest v North Carolina Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Tuesday that it would be canceling all athletic activities for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, per the official ACC website.

Following further consultation with the league’s member institutions, and after previously suspending all athletic activities indefinitely, the ACC has made the decision to cancel all athletic related activities including all competition and practice through the end of the 2019-20 academic year. The unanimous decision was made to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19. Each institution will continue to work in accordance with its respective university and state policies related to its individual campus decisions.

Commissioner John Swofford also spoke on the cancelations.

“Our top priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our fans, communities and the overall well-being of others during these uncharted times,” Swofford said. “We are particularly disappointed for our student-athletes and will continue to work with our membership to assess what is appropriate in the future.”

The ACC also informed the public of a refund policy for the men’s basketball tournament, baseball and softball.

These are tough times in our country right now, so canceling all sporting events is absolutely the right call as we try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.