Amid the coronavirus outbreak — which has officially been distinguished as a pandemic by the World Health Organization — the Southeastern Conference and the University of Florida have suspended all spring sports competition effective immediately through March 30.
The official announcement came just after the SEC announced that the remainder of its basketball tournament would be cancelled on Thursday.
University President Kent Fuchs sent an email to UF students on Wednesday, informing them that the school would fully transition to online-only classes by March 16, advising students to go home and stay there through the end of the month.
According to a release, the Gators Ticket Office will refund ticket purchases for sporting events that were scheduled to take place during the conference and increasingly nationwide hiatus, as all five major conferences have officially cancelled their respective basketball tournaments.
The University’s Athletic Association says that athletes will still practice as scheduled, but “will not travel or participate in competition.” Football’s spring practices, which start March 16, will now be close to the public, and coach Dan Mullen’s public speaking tour is no longer happening.
In addition, the Gators lacrosse team will adhere to the rest of the school’s athletics policy and suspend competition, despite the fact that its a member of the American Athletic Conference.