Hampton University suspends fall sports due to COVID-19

Posted at 3:24 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 21:49:11-04

HAMPTON, Va. - Sports are on hold at Hampton.

Monday, Hampton University Director of Athletics Eugene Marshall announced all fall sports at the school are suspended "out of concern of the spread of COVID-19 among our athletes and members of other HU constituent groups." Earlier this month, Hampton announced all students will learn remotely this semester.

Marshall says, if conditions permit, the school anticipates resuming athletic-related activities during the spring semester 2021. The spring semester will consist of both winter and spring sports.

"Please understand that this decision was not taken lightly," Marshall wrote. "But it was done in the best interest of our Hampton University students, student-athletes, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and fans. I am extremely confident that we will work through these challenging times together!"

Hampton's football team was scheduled to play at Old Dominion University September 12th.

“We were informed by Hampton University athletic director Gene Marshall this afternoon that Hampton would not be competing this fall in intercollegiate athletics which obviously cancels our September 12 football contest," ODU Director of Athletics, Dr. Wood Selig said in a statement provided to News 3. "We certainly respect and appreciate their decision as we all evaluate what is the best course of action for our respective institutions, students, faculty, staff and campus communities,” Selig added. “This will certainly impact our seven-game home schedule for 2020 and we will continue to evaluate our schedule in the weeks ahead and how we plan to refund our season ticket holders or perhaps reschedule another home contest for this September 12 date. College football scheduling is particularly fluid at this time and we expect the next two to three weeks to be particularly critical in that regard.”