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UT-Martin Cancels NCAA-Sanctioned Sports for Semester


MARTIN, Tenn. (March 12, 2020) – The University of Tennessee at Martin department of athletics will no longer play NCAA-sanctioned sports for the duration of the 2019-20 academic year.

Earlier today, the NCAA announced all remaining winter and spring championships are canceled. The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents additionally announced effective immediately, athletic-related activities involving member institutions had been suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 public health threat.

On Wednesday, the UT Martin campus announced it was transitioning to online-only courses until Monday, April 6 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UT Martin also sponsors two non-NCAA sports in equestrian and rodeo. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced today it is canceling its championship event. Meanwhile, a decision on the 52nd Annual UT Martin Spring College Rodeo – set for April 16-18 – is still pending and will be re-evaluated at a later date.

The health and well-being of our student-athletes is always our primary concern,” Skyhawk athletic director Kurt McGuffin said. “In accordance with the OVC’s decision today, we regret to announce that the rest of the 2019-20 UT Martin Athletics season has been canceled. It is truly an unfortunate and disappointing situation but it is necessary given the COVID-19 spread. There are still a lot of unknowns and we ask for patience during this time.”

Please continue to check UTMSports.com for further updates as they are made available.


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