Update: July 20, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
In response to ongoing health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, Buffalo State and the members of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) are suspending all fall sports competition. In addition, the winter conference and non-conference schedules will be delayed until Jan. 1, 2021.
The decision was made by the SUNYAC Presidents in consultation with the SUNYAC Board of Directors on Monday, July 20. The SUNYAC Board of Directors is composed of the 10 directors of athletics from each member institution.
"Throughout the pandemic, some of the most difficult decisions we have made as a campus are when we limit, cancel, or postpone signature experiences for our students and student-athletes," Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner said. "We had all hoped that our Bengals would be roaring in competition this fall, but that is simply just not feasible or safe at this time. I am disappointed for our student-athletes and coaches who had been preparing all spring and summer for the upcoming season. However, Buffalo State remains committed to supporting and preparing our student-athletes through skill development sessions and small group workouts this fall as we prepare for the resumption of competition in the future. Rest assured, when the time comes, the Bengals will be ready to roar again."
"Despite the absence of competition this fall, I am confident that we will be able to continue providing our student-athletes with an engaging athletic experience," Mike Howard, the chair of the SUNYAC Governing Body and director of athletics at Plattsburgh, explained. "Our coaches are some of the best in the business at seizing opportunity when options seem limited and this certainly will be no exception as they continue recruiting, mentoring and engaging safely in community service."
SUNYAC will continue to explore all options for a safe return to intercollegiate athletics.
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