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Archive for May 24th, 2020

Ohio State Men’s Tennis puts Four on All-Big Ten Team

Freshman Cannon Kingsley was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Even in a shortened season, Ohio State men’s tennis is still atop the Big Ten as a league-high four Buckeyes were named to the 2019-20 All-Big Ten Team on Wednesday. Voting for the team was conducted by the league’s head coaches.

John McNallyKyle Seelig and Cannon Kingsley were all named to the first team while James Trotter garnered his first All-Big Ten award, landing on the second team.

Cannon Kingsley

For McNally, he becomes the 16th Buckeye to earn All-Big Ten honors three times. He was a unanimous first team selection this year. The Cincinnati, Ohio native was both a singles and doubles All-American this season, going 19-6 in singles and 23-5 in doubles. He reached a career-high at No. 7 in the singles rankings and was in the top-3 all season in doubles, including two weeks at No. 1. He became just the second Buckeye to win both the singles and doubles titles at the ITA Midwest Regional when he swept that tournament in the fall.

Seelig earns first team honors for the second consecutive season. He was 19-6 on the year in singles and 12-2 in doubles. He had five wins over ranked opponents and didn’t lose to a Big Ten foe other than McNally in the finals of the Midwest Regional. His wins over Big Ten opponents included No. 15 Alex Brown (Illinois) and No. 24 Athell Bennett (Purdue), both fellow first teamers. The Hatfield, Pa., native was also undefeated in dual doubles matches this spring at 10-0.

The awards continue to roll in for Kingsley as in addition to his unanimous first team selection, he was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He picked up regional Rookie of the Year honors earlier in the week and is the fifth Buckeye in the last six years to claim both awards. Kinglsey won the consolation bracket at the All-American Championship in his first collegiate event and finished the year with a team-high nine wins over ranked opponents. He was ranked as high as No. 12 in the singles rankings and earned singles All-America honors in his first season.

Trotter had great sophomore campaign. He rose to a career-high 40 in the singles rankings and tied for the team lead with 19 victories. He too became just the second Buckeye to win both the singles and doubles titles at the Big Ten Singles & Doubles Championship in the fall. Against Big Ten opponents this year, he was 8-1 in both singles and doubles. Trotter earned the nickname “Big Game James” as he provided a pair of huge, match-clinching points over top-10 teams in less than a week. He won a three-set match over No. 65 Stefan Dostanic in the Buckeyes’ win over No. 1 Southern Cal. Six days later, he claimed a second, hard-fought three-set victory to provide the winning point in a 4-3 win over No. 6 Wake Forest to send the Buckeyes to the semifinals of the ITA Indoor National Team Championships.

These four All-Big Ten selections raise Ty Tucker’s total to 70 selections in his 21 seasons at the helm. Overall, the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with 93 first team honorees since the conference began recognizing the award in 1972.

2019-20 MEN’S TENNIS ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

FIRST TEAM
Aleks Kovacevic, Illinois
ALEX BROWN, ILLINOIS
Bennett Crane, Indiana
Kareem Allaf, Iowa
Ondrej Styler, Michigan
ANDREW FENTY, MICHIGAN
Stefan Milicevic, Minnesota
Dominik Stary, Northwestern
JOHN MCNALLY, OHIO STATE
Kyle Seelig, Ohio State
CANNON KINGSLEY, OHIO STATE
ATHELL BENNETT, PURDUE

SECOND TEAM
Siphosothando Montsi, Illinois
Will Davies, Iowa
Mattias Siimar, Michigan
Steven Forman, Northwestern
James Trotter, Ohio State
Christian Lakoseljac, Penn State

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Andrew Fenty, Michigan

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Cannon Kingsley, Ohio State

Unanimous selections designated in ALL CAPS

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Gary Petit; COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Eldora Speedway News

Eldora Speedway officials have announced the 26th running of the Dirt Late Model Dream, one of the legendary half-mile dirt oval’s marquee events, has been rescheduled to early June 2021.
With restrictions on mass gatherings issued by federal and state authorities remaining in effect, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic continues to have Eldora’s 67th season of racing on hold and additional events scheduled for June are also in jeopardy.

TICKET INFORMATION

All advance purchase tickets, pit passes, campsites and suite admissions for the 26th Dirt Late Model Dream will be honored for the rescheduled date in early June 2021. Race fans should retain all tickets, credentials, passes and receipts they have received to date.

Officials will communicate updated event information direct to patron accounts as it becomes available.

Exchanges for another event will be permitted but please be aware that renewal opportunities will be lost for anything exchanged.

WE NEED TO BE VERY CLEAR ON THIS: DIRT LATE MODEL DREAM TICKETS OR CAMPSITES THAT GET EXCHANGED CAN NO LONGER BE RENEWED AS THEY WILL GO BACK INTO THE PUBLIC POOL OF AVAILABLE TICKETS FOR OTHERS TO PURCHASE.

If you would like to exchange Dirt Late Model Dream tickets or campsites for another event, please call the ticket office at (937) 338-3815 during regular business hours.

NON-SPECTATOR EVENT COMING JUNE 4-5-6
Speedway officials continue to work with local and state agencies on determining a safe return to racing for all constituents. Crafted with guidance from local and state officials, Eldora is developing a plan for a ‘non-spectator’ event to take place on the weekend of June 4th-5th-6th. The proposal, currently in review, consists of Dirt Late Model teams working in a controlled and closed setting for an invitational event streamed exclusively online at FloRacing.com
Additional details surrounding this burgeoning event will be released upon approval of local and state authorities.

OHIO SPRINT SPEEDWEEK

The All Star Circuit of Champions have postponed the entire Ohio Sprint Speedweek slate of events, including Eldora’s June 13th date. They have tentatively marked July 3-12 as a possible time frame to complete the Speedweek dates, though individual track dates are not yet confirmed.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF ELDORA SPEEDWAY MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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Coaches Release a Comprehensive ‘New College Baseball Model’

“This isn’t the competitive equity proposal we have seen in previous years, and the coaches who have been working on this proposal do not need changes in order to have successful programs. This is about the sustainability and growth of college baseball for the 2022 season and beyond. Universities and athletic departments across the country are facing a financial crisis, and our sport operates at a significant financial net loss amongst teams. That’s not a good combination.” - Erik Bakich, Michigan Coach

A College World Series in mid-July. An NCAA tournament beginning in early July. A college baseball season beginning the third weekend of March. Those are all things that will happen beginning with the 2022 season if a set of recommendations assembled by a five-coach panel of Power Five coaches gets approval from other Division I coaches and passes at the highest levels of the NCAA in the coming months.

The panel who put together the proposed “New Baseball Model” includes Michigan head coach Erik Bakich as the headliner and a host of other Power Five head coaches.

The most important things to remember about this proposal is that it shifts the season back. The season would start the third weekend of March, and the College World Series would begin the third weekend of July. Currently, programs have five weeks of ramp up time before the season begins. Under this proposal, there would be nine weeks of ramp up time leading up to Opening Day.

The proposal is broken up into three distinct parts — Financial Sustainability, Academics and Student-Athlete Welfare.

Financial Sustainability

“Everyone on these calls is really intrigued by this proposal. One thing that comes to mind right now is that you have to be open to pretty much anything. We’re in uncharted waters. I think as college baseball coaches we need to look at every angle or everything in our sport, just like football and basketball coaches,” Louisville coach Dan McDonnell said. “At the end of the day, who are more flexible than college baseball coaches? We deal with scholarship limitations; roster caps and we have some challenging weather in most parts of the country the first couple of months of the season.

As part of this proposal, the architects took some competitive programs in the Big Ten Conference and estimated what their travel costs were the typical first four weeks of the season under the current scheduling format. Almost every Big Ten program, for instance, spends the first four weeks of the season on the road. Trimming travel and operating costs even a fraction is a big deal in today’s college athletics climate. But the most important prong to the financial stability model of this proposal is the ability to increase attendance college baseball-wide in the early months of the season.

“If this proposal is something, if passed, puts us in a better situation and it increases consumer (fans) involvement, that is something that allows us to cut costs and potentially make more money,” Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin said.

Student-Athlete Welfare

“This [proposal] is a no-brainer,” renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews said. “I can’t see anyone who would argue not to follow this proposal.”

One of the most interesting indicators in this proposal are a pair of charts showing when major pitching injuries at the Major League level occur. In terms of elbow injuries, a vast majority of the setbacks occurred within the first 50 days of the preparation time. In terms of shoulder injuries, once again, they were much more prevalent in the first 100 days of workouts at the Big-League level. The exact figures for college baseball are not available, but it’s a safe assumption that our sport follows pretty much the same trend.

To combat that issue, along with injuries to even normal, non-pitchers, the proposal calls for a total of nine weeks of ramp-up time for the college baseball season.

Academics

There’s also an academic component to these recommendations. Under the current season and scheduling model, there are some negatives from a missed class standpoint, especially with the northern schools. On average, cold-weather schools miss up to eight class days traveling the first few weeks of the season and 14 overall. Under the new model, those players, in most instances, would only miss an average of four class days.

“Anytime you’re close to 60 years old like me, you’re kind of resistant to change,” Corbin said. He added, “We already have a pretty good product. But I think it can be a lot better.”

and now on to the day’s news…

The Day’s News


  • Vanderbilt University today announced that Candice Storey Lee has been named vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director at Vanderbilt after serving in the role on an interim basis since February.
  • The decision firmly cements Lee’s place in Vanderbilt and college sports history.
  • Lee is Vanderbilt’s first female athletic director and the first African American woman to head a Southeastern Conference athletics program.
  • East Carolina University announced Thursday that it is reducing the number of its intercollegiate athletic programs by four, effective immediately. The action is being taken as part of the University’s overall budget restructuring efforts and is part of a detailed analysis of ECU’s athletics financial position during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Affected programs are men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.
  • In addition to the elimination of sports, several measures will be taken to reduce the financial deficit athletics faces for the current fiscal year ending June 30 and the coming years. The plan will recognize an estimated $4.9 million long-term savings and the funds that are saved will go toward reducing the current deficit and reducing the institutional investment in future years.
  • As more and more college athletic departments cut sports programs, the financial wreckage due to the coronavirus pandemic is becoming devastatingly clear — and that’s without factoring in a $4 billion loss if the 2020 football season is canceled, a development that would forever alter college-level sports.
  • University systems have suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in losses thus far, which could grow significantly as decisions are made about whether to return students to campuses this fall.
  • For Power 5 schools, the possibility of a lost college football season looms even more significantly. Even for the most financially stable athletics programs, the days of $75 million coaching contracts, $55 million football facilities, bloated support staffs, multimillion-dollar buyouts for losing coaches and steak and lobster dinners for recruits might be over.
  • Nearly 11 weeks after all University of Louisville athletics competition was suspended on March 17 due the COVID-19 pandemic, some Cardinal student-athletes will be returning to campus under a phased plan on May 27.
  • UofL Athletics administrators and health officials have been planning a phased return to campus for weeks, with goals to, among others: Provide a phased progression into athletic activity to promote mental and physical well-being; Provide a phased approach of opening and use of athletic facilities; Provide a safe environment that allows student-athletes to transition into supervised activity to improve their strength and conditioning.
  • A limited group of student-athletes totaling about 30 in football, plus 15 in men’s and women’s basketball, would arrive on campus on May 27, with education on protocols to be employed prior to their arrival.
  • The group would begin testing and physical examinations on June 3 and be ready to participate in voluntary physical training, not directed by coaching staffs, on June 8.
  • Nebraska has formed a “working group” focused on the logistics surrounding health and safety as athletes begin to return over the coming weeks, women’s basketball coach Amy Williams said.
  • The initial wave of players will be from the football and men’s and women’s basketball teams. A future NCAA vote may approve more to return at a later date.
  • Nebraska’s working group communicates with senior staff, which relays information to coaches.

Wyoming Announces Portion of Student-Athletes to Return on June 1

  • The University of Wyoming Athletics department announced on Wednesday that a portion of student-athletes from football and men’s and women’s basketball will return to campus on June 1 to participate in voluntary athletic activities.
  • Other student-athletes will arrive on campus throughout the summer in various phases.
  • The decision comes in conjunction with the NCAA Council’s Wednesday vote to lift the moratorium on athletic-related activities.
  • Duke University infectious-disease doctors, Deverick Anderson and Christopher Hostler, who consulted extensively with the NFL as part of DICON’s team of experts, formed ICS  when the coronavirus started to spread in the U.S. as a separate and distinct entity as inquiries from major sports leagues increased with the rise of COVID-19.
  • The company is under contract with the NFL and the Big 12 Conference, and has held conversations with at least eight other professional or college leagues, including Major League Baseball, which is considering a shortened regular season beginning in July.
  • The American Athletic Conference has announced the formation of a COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group, which comprises medical professionals from each of the Conference’s member institutions.
  • The group is chaired by Dr. Greg Stewart, director of sports medicine at Tulane University.
  • The Conference has been consulting its sports medicine professionals on an ongoing basis, and the newly-formed Advisory Group will now provide guidance and informational updates to the Conference’s presidents, athletic directors, commissioner and office staff.
  • The Advisory Group will address the unique challenges that The American and its colleagues in other conferences will be facing if, and when, there is a return to competition in all sports.
  • Health and safety, both physical and mental, matter in the America East and will be the core focus of discussion May 27-29 as the conference’s fifth annual Health & Safety Summit and first Mental Health Coaches’ Workshop take place. Both events will take place virtually this year.
  • For the first time, the Health & Safety Summit will bring together both sports medicine and sports performance staffs from all nine America East institutions.
  • The Mental Health Workshop will be tailored toward the educational needs of coaches for the first time. Over 200 America East coaches are registered to attend the day-long workshop, which will dive deep into topical areas of student-athlete mental health, including management of eating disorders, understanding psychological science of performance, and the use of substances.
  • Florida State Director of Athletics David Coburn updated Noles247 on the programs finances on Wednesday.
  • The Seminoles’ 2020 fiscal year comes to an end in August. Coburn is optimistic that FSU will finish the year close to their original projections. “They’ve done much better than we initially feared,” Coburn told Chris Nee of Noles247.
  • Last week, ACC commissioner John Swofford announced that the Conference would be distributing about 98% of its projected revenue for the fiscal year. This positive news came despite the fact that the league had to cancel its basketball tournament and all spring sports.
  • Throughout the past few months, Coburn says the Florida State alumni base has been active and donations continue to come in.
  • The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts by football and men’s and women’s basketball players effective June 1 as a growing number of college leaders expressed confidence that fall sports will be possible in some form despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
  • For New Mexico’s two Division I universities, the vote came as no surprise. But the two athletic departments have different ideas on what it means in terms of when we’ll actually start seeing Lobo and Aggie athletes back on their campuses using university facilities, gyms or fields for workouts.
  • University of New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nuñez said there is not yet a final return plan in place for athletes in any sport, though one is continually being refined. A June 1 return for Lobo athletes to campus, even on a limited basis, however, is unlikely he said.
  • Mario Moccia, New Mexico State AD, said his department’s return plan is due Friday to university administrators and will be reviewed by a virologist.
  • Wyoming AD Tom Burman said, as of right now, he expects the Cowboys to have a football season and that student-athletes will return to campus in waves starting June 1.
  • The first wave will have 75 student-athletes, Burman said, and they will be immediately tested for COVID-19 and then quarantined for two weeks. All student-athletes would be on-campus by the middle of August.
  • “If you’re asking me today, my answer is yes (there will be a football season for UW),” Burman told WyoSports. Burman said there have been discussions about the potential of teams from certain states not playing this season, but that the Mountain West would still attempt to make a season work.
  • The key to making sure the season goes on-schedule is testing, Burman said, which will hopefully be more readily available come August. Everyone involved with games would need to be tested, Burman said, including officials.
  • The Council approved a limited moratorium on Council-governance, conference-sponsored legislative proposals for the 2020-21 legislative cycle.
  • Exceptions to the moratorium include conference-sponsored proposals related to transfer eligibility; the use of a student-athlete’s name, image and likeness; and concepts intended to address the impact of COVID-19.
  • In addition, conferences may submit legislative concepts that are essential to the operation of the division, related to significant membership priorities or advance the NCAA Division I Board of Directors’ strategic areas of emphasis, including its modernization agenda.
  • WVU football is formally introducing the 5th Quarter Program – an initiative that educates its student-athletes and continues building the culture by serving and developing total Mountaineers.
  • The five pillars of the 5th Quarter Program include character development, leadership development, real life, career development and social responsibility.

Creativity, Innovation, and Safety Key to Football’s Return

  • When the NCAA Council voted Wednesday to allow college athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts as soon as June 1, it was symbolic at first.
  • “College athletics is going to come out of this looking very differently. I think that’s kind of exciting,” Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said.
  • It’s up to the college presidents, athletic directors, coaches and medical professionals to get this right. This is their moment, and all eyes are on them.
  • College football isn’t scheduled to start until August, but there has already been a steady drumbeat of college athletics leaders pointing out how important fans are to the operation.
  • If some form of social distancing is enforced inside a stadium, it’d substantially cut down capacity.
  • When you are an SEC program like Alabama and Texas A&M, which regularly have more than 100,000 fans in attendance at more than 99 percent capacity, that creates significant logistical challenges, namely, who should get the tickets?
  • “I’d forget about the stadium for now,” said Dr. Michael Saag, a professor of medicine and the director of UAB’s Center for AIDS Research. “I wouldn’t even think about it. I’d just try to make sure I have a plan to get players on the field. I don’t see any way under the current circumstances we can make the stadiums safe.”
  • “We meet three times a week with Commissioner (Greg) Sankey three times a week and have had those discussions and our plan is to move forward. Commissioner Sankey has taken the approach time is on our side,” Tanner told the board. “If at all possible, that’s what we’ll do. Things may change with the number of fans and that’s to be determined.”
  • Tanner said he’s not sure if fans will be allowed in Williams-Brice and “time will tell,” but the prevailing thought is those decisions will be handled at the conference level.
  • “It appears the NCAA may have some conversations, but it’s likely to be left up to the president and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference as to what we do,” Tanner said. “That’s to be determined. We still have time on our sides. I know it goes fast, but we still have some time. We’ll always defer to our state government and local government officials and the medical professionals that are involved that are tremendously impressive.”
  • University of Houston football coach Dana Holgorsen, men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson and athletic director Chris Pezman will take a 10 percent salary reduction for the next six months.
  • UH president Renu Khator, along with the top three earners in the school’s athletic department, will voluntarily take pay cuts effective immediately to help offset financial tightening due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an internal email sent to faculty and staff Tuesday.
  • The salary cuts for the three athletic positions will save the university nearly $360,000.
  • The $65 million Liberty Arena, being built in between the Vines Center and DeMoss Hall, is targeted for an Oct. 1 completion date, in time to host the entirety of the 2020-21 home schedules for Liberty University volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball.
  • The 125,000-square-foot facility will seat 4,000 spectators and serve as the primary facility for all three sports. The Vines Center, the home for those programs for the past 30 seasons, will continue to be used for concerts and events which generally takes place three times a week for all students.
  • “It’s on schedule to be ready for the fall. We expect to play the volleyball season in the arena and look forward to hosting the opening basketball games during the second week of November,” Flames athletic director Ian McCaw said in a phone interview late last week.
  • Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday he envisions college football players needing to be tested for COVID-19 “probably every two or three days” as a key component of bringing the sport back safely.
  • Bowlsby’s comments came during a webinar with other college athletics officials hosted by the LEAD1 association, which represents athletics directors in the Bowl Subdivision.
  • Bowlsby said his conversations with the White House coronavirus task force in recent weeks have led him to believe that such an aggressive testing plan would be viable by football season due to rapid improvements and innovations in test manufacturing.
  • Chelsea Spencer, who won an NCAA title during an All-American career at Cal before embarking on a coaching career, has agreed to become the next softball head coach for the Golden Bears.
  • She returns to Cal after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas and the 2013-18 seasons at Oregon.
  • At the conclusion of a broad nationwide search, Tasha Buchmiller has been named Director of AS/Student Development for the UIC Flames, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Michael Lipitz announced on Wednesday.
  • In her role with the Flames, Buchmiller will oversee all Student-Athlete Development programming, including the full implementation of a leadership development curriculum, service learning, career development, personal development and international services programming.
  • Buchmiller joins the Flames after spending nearly three years at the University of Illinois.
  • Beginning with the season-opener on Aug. 29 against California, the UNLV football team will host six games in 2020 at the brand-new Allegiant Stadium.
  • The $2 billion stadium, which is still under construction roughly three miles west of campus, will feature all of the team’s Mountain West games as well as the first-ever bout between the Rebels and Arizona State, which is set to take place on Sept. 12.
  • Not only that, but Allegiant Stadium is set to be the venue for all of the Rebels future home games beginning this year.
  • University of Hawaii athletics director David Matlin, who remains hopeful that the school’s teams will able to compete again in the fall.
  • “I think I’m more optimistic today than I was a few weeks ago,” Matlin said. “All we can do is prepare to start on time. We have the different scenarios.”
  • Matlin says he’ll handle how to deal with the school’s financial shortcomings on a case-by-case basis. Senior members of the 2020 UH men’s volleyball team that had national championship aspirations have already announced their return in 2021.
  • OU will fully transition to digital ticketing for all sports, as well as for football parking, the athletic department announced Wednesday.
  • Ticket buyers will no longer have the option to print their tickets at home. Tickets bought for single games, mini-plans and season packages will be delivered via smartphones and the Sooner Sports app.
  • Ticket buyers receive links through the app or by text message, allowing them to place tickets in Apple Wallet or Google Pay. Fans pull up those tickets for scanning as they enter.
  • The athletic department still plans to print commemorative tickets to make available for fans who are interested.
  • Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told reporters Wednesday that the Buckeyes will be allowed to return to voluntary workouts on June 8, pending university approval to access the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and Schumaker buildings.
  • Smith said access to the football facilities will be limited, and students will have to sign up to enter and go through screening protocols such as temperature checks before entering.
  • The University of Detroit Mercy women’s lacrosse program has a new leader as Dwayne Hicks was officially announced as the fifth head coach in school history on Tuesday.
  • Hicks served as the interim head coach during the 2020 season before the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Hicks is a familiar face within the Titan Athletic Department, having spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach on the men’s lacrosse staff. He joined the men’s lacrosse program in the fall of 2017 and in both of his full campaigns with the team, he helped coach back-to-back winning campaigns.
  • The University of Oregon, for example, seems to be moving in this direction for its September matchup with Ohio State after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called for no sporting events with large crowds through at least September.
  • A move like that would obviously impact programs’ bottom lines with the loss of ticket revenue, but according to Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor, it’s a solution that is financially possible – at least until next year.
  • University of Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity is hopeful that athletic activities will resume during the Fall semester. He expressed his expectations after being asked about a meeting scheduled for Friday that will decide the fate of athletic activities going forward.
  • The mentioned meeting refers to the gathering between SEC presidents and chancellors on May 22nd. The purpose of this meeting is to vote on whether or not athletic facilities should open in June.
  • Facilities would be available for voluntary workouts for the athletes. The other alternative would be to extend the suspension placed on athletic activities.
And that’s that.

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Arkansas Razorbacks issue Statement on SEC return to Athletic Activities

The Southeastern Conference announced the return of voluntary in-person athletics activities on campuses league-wide beginning June 8 under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.

 

SEC Release: https://bit.ly/2yqhNvD

 

Below are statements from Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek, Football Head Coach Sam Pittman, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Eric Musselman and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Neighbors.

 

Hunter Yurachek – Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics

“I appreciate the leadership and commitment of SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, our conference member institutions and the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force related to returning student-athletes to campus. As we resume on-campus activities, the continued health and well-being of our student-athletes will remain our top priority.  I sincerely appreciate the efforts of our Department of Athletics staff and numerous medical professionals across our state, who worked collaboratively to develop a detailed plan in accordance with University, SEC, NCAA and Arkansas Department of Health directives. We are well prepared and look forward to confidently welcoming back many of our student-athletes in the coming weeks.”

 

Sam Pittman – Football Head Coach

“I’m thankful for all the people that have spent a lot of time and effort in making these decisions this week. The most important part in all of this is the health and well-being of our student-athletes. We are confident in our plan to bring our guys back to campus where our resources are here to help them academically, emotionally and physically. For us as a new staff, we can’t wait to see them and continue to build our trust with one another.”

 

Eric Musselman – Men’s Basketball Head Coach

“This is an exciting step in our hopes to play sports in the fall. I think it will be great for our student-athletes to be back on campus and have the many services our support staff can give them in terms of academics, medical needs, physical conditioning and mental wellness. While we look forward to seeing our student-athletes back, we know this is still a serious time in this world-wide pandemic. We need to take things slow and we need to follow all the guidelines in order to ensure the health of everyone. That is the only way we can move forward.”

 

Mike Neighbors – Women’s Basketball Head Coach

“We’ve shared a saying around our program for three years: if you stay ready you never have to get ready!

 

“Since day one, I’ve used Governor Hutchinson, Commissioner Sankey, Chancellor Stenimetz, and Hunter Yurachek as my Mount Rushmore of information on how to proceed through these challenging times.  They have kept us well informed and have built confidence in us all that there is a great plan in place. So if they say we’re ready,  we are ready.

 

“We understand it’s “more proceed with caution” for now rather than “GO”! We will strictly adhere to the guidelines and procedures put in place to keep us safe.

 

“I can’t wait to see each and every returner and welcome our newcomers!”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Kyle Parkinson; COURTESY ARKANSAS COMMUNICATIONS

Flat Rock Speedway News: June 20th ARCA/CRA Race cancelled; Moves to Anderson, Indiana Speedway

Flat Rock, MI- Due to the State of Michigan restrictions in place and the uncertainty from the COVID-19 virus, Flat Rock Speedway management and the ARCA/CRA Super Series officials have mutually agreed to cancel the June 20 event at the track.
ARCA/CRA officials will now move the date to the Anderson, IN Speedway.
Flat Rock’s next schedule update will be on or before May 30 as previously announced back on May 14.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF ARCA COMMUNICATIONS
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