HOUSTON – The Southland Conference pulled the plug on fall sports this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to KPRC 2 Sports Director Randy McIlvoy, sources told him Wednesday night that the conference would announce on Thursday that all fall sports seasons would be canceled.
Being told by college football sources that the @SouthlandSports fall sports will be cancelled w/an announcement planned for Thurs. One exception is if fball programs want to keep Non Conf gms they can. Conf. gms will move to the spring. Timing for camp/games still TBD. @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/VofwEc0pQW— Randy McIlvoy (@KPRC2RandyMc) August 13, 2020
The official word came down from the conference on Thursday morning, with the exception of limited competitions at some schools.
“While disappointed that we won’t be playing these sports in the Southland’s 58th year of fall competition, we look forward to a unique spring season of athletics that also includes NCAA postseason opportunities,” said Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett.
One of the schools in the Houston area that is part of the conference is Houston Baptist University. School leaders expressed disappointment in the decision.
“While not unexpected, it is still a sad day for our fall sport student-athletes,” HBU Athletics Direct Steve Moniaci said. “We are taking measures to ensure they can compete safely in a limited capacity this fall and be prepared should the league resume play and reschedule the championships for the spring.”
HBU said it plans to honor contracts for non-conference competitions.
Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin University are also part of the Southland Conference.