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Friday, May 24, 2024

W&M postpones competition in all fall sports

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Tribe Athletics)

William & Mary on Friday announced it is postponing competition in all fall sports.

And that includes college football.

“William & Mary stands fully in support of the Colonial Athletic Association Football Board of Directors’ decision to postpone conference competition for the fall 2020 football season,” Samantha Huge said in a prepared statement.

Administrators also decided to postpone competition in all Division I Fall sports including football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, and cross-country.

“The health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff – and the full campus community that supports them – must be our top priority. W&M Athletics is part of the overall educational mission of the university,” Huge said. “Providing an environment that ensures the greatest opportunity for academic instruction to occur for all students is paramount.”

W&M pointed out their “philosophy for the fall”: To “radically limit visitors to campus – and that includes visiting athletic teams.”

“While we are heartbroken for the student-athletes and their families impacted, we have been thoughtful and deliberate in our discussions and decision,” Huge said. “It is our hope and intention that if conditions safely permit, sports could be played in the Winter and Spring and we will evaluate the options in the months ahead.”


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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