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Terps react to Big Ten postponing 2020 football season, other fall sports

Big Ten Conference the first 'power' conference to postpone football season
Posted at 5:17 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 17:55:31-04

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The Big Ten conference on Tuesday postponed the 2020 fall sports season, including football, due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The league hopes to hold competition in the spring.

Below is reaction from the Maryland Terrapins:

“The decision announced today by the Big Ten Conference was made in the best interests of the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes. I know that for our student-athletes, returning to campus in the Fall is synonymous with the opportunity to compete at the highest level in the sport they love. Not being able to compete this fall is disappointing for all of us, but I have every confidence they will remain resilient and strong in these trying times. We will continue to support every one of them and will work diligently with university leadership, local and state officials, and the conference to make every effort to provide competitive opportunities for our student-athletes.”

-- Damon Evans, University of Maryland Athletic Director

“I know a significant amount of thought and medical research went into this decision and while I am extremely disappointed for our team, I’m also very understanding. Our players and staff have demonstrated tremendous discipline and attention to detail during this time and I’m extremely proud of them for how they’ve handled this tough situation. We will continue to do what’s best for our student-athletes both on and off the field and when the time comes to compete, we will be ready.”

-- Michael Locksley, University of Maryland Head Football Coach

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