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Hampton University suspends spring 2021 sports seasons, will play basketball without fans

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 14:35:02-04

HAMPTON, Va. (Hampton Sports Information) - Hampton University Director of Athletics Eugene Marshall, Jr. announced today that the Pirates will suspend the spring 2021 competition season in the following sports: Football, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Co-Ed Sailing, Softball, Volleyball, Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Women’s Triathlon and Men’s Lacrosse.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball will play a modified schedule, which will be released at a later date with games being streamed on ESPN+. These two sports will compete due to the fact that both programs are self-contained and compete outside of the campus foot print. No fans will be present at any home contests.

“This decision was not taken lightly, but it was in concert with the announcement from the University to continue with virtual instruction for the spring 2021 semester,” he said. “I would like to thank our student-athletes for their hard work, dedication and commitment, both academically and athletically while they’re away from campus. I look forward to seeing them again soon because we truly miss them,” Marshall added.