Update on COVID-19 impact on colleges and athletics
Mississippi's eight public universities announced Thursday they are extending their spring breaks and planning online classes to fight the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
Students of the state's eight public universities were already on a week's break when the announcement was made. The break was to be extended through next week, according to the universities' website.
Once the break is over on March 23, the universities will begin online classes. Students will be encouraged to remain home and participate in classes remotely.
The universities are: Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Statement from Pearl River President Dr. Adam Breerwood:
“We are closely monitoring the updates and concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time the college will be closed next week for spring break. We will resume our normal class schedule on Monday, March 23rd. PRCC is in regular contact with Mississippi Department of Health and local health officials to ensure the well being of our students, faculty and staff. Please stay up to date by visiting prcc.edu/coronavirus and following our institutions social media sites.”
MACJC competitions, practices suspended until March 30
Based on developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges has announced the suspension of all practices and competition for all sports through March 30.
The NJCAA has already announced the postponement of all championship events until April 20, including the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, which was scheduled to start Monday in Hutchinson, Kansas. According to the NJCAA, start dates for all tournaments and championships will continue to follow state and local mandates, restrictions and regulations.
The news comes one week after Pearl River's men's basketball team was awarded the top seed in the NJCAA Tournament. The Wildcats claimed the top spot as the nation's lone undefeated team at 28-0. Prior to Monday, the Wildcats won the MACJC Championship and claimed the Region XXIII Title.
The NCAA has announced that all spring sporting events are cancelled including the NCAA men and women basketball championship tournaments.
At this point, the Mississippi High School Athletics Association has not cancelled or suspended sporting events. A press release from the MHSAA stated that for now they will allow the local administration to decide on whether to play or not play the games or events