SIAC to delay basketball to March

ATLANTA, Ga. – After careful consideration of the health and safety of its student-athletes and staff, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) announced last week the delay of the start of winter and spring sports until March 1, 2021.

Impacted sports include men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, golf, track and field, baseball and softball.

The SIAC had already cancelled football, cross country and volleyball championships but was scheduled to begin in-conference basketball competition on Jan. 9.

The previous basketball schedule was to include a 12-14 game conference menu for men and women including the addition of new member Allen University.

“In light of the fluid and dynamic nature of unfolding COVID-19 related developments, this decision was primarily informed by a desire to protect the health and safety of SIAC student-athletes, staff and stakeholders, while also attempting to preserve critically important opportunities for student-athletes to resume conference competition at some point going forward,” said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore.

“The SIAC will continue to closely monitor developments and make further adjustments as may be required.”

Each SIAC institution shall retain the autonomy to independently participate in non-conference competition and honor pre-existing contractual obligations. Team activities, practice and training opportunities against competition will be determined and defined by each member institution that will adhere and observe NCAA Core Principles of Resocialization of Collegiate Sport and state, local and CDC COVID-related public health protocols.

The conference and its member institutions will continue to monitor updates related to COVID-19 and will provide further updates as the situation continues to unfold.