BRUNSWICK – Bowdoin College made quite the statement Monday morning as it canceled sports during its fall semester due to COVID-19 concerns.
The school says it made the decision to cancel sports after deciding it would only allow a small population of students on campus. Those including but not limited to new first-year and transfer students.
“The decision was made to have a limited number of students come back to campus in the fall and that really made it an easy decision for us in terms of our ability to compete with largely first year students returning to campus,” Bowdoin athletic director, Tim Ryan, said. “That meant that we would not be able to compete in the fall and winter sports seasons in our fall semester we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to compete in the spring but we won’t be able to compete in the fall,” he added.
Polar Bear rubgy center and former Foxcroft Pony, Jenna Clukey, heard the news this morning as well, when Ryan reached out explaining sports during the fall semester have been canceled. The 2019 national champion understands why the decision was made, she’s frustrated and heart broken for her senior teammates.
As far as the incoming class goes, Clukey is disappointed she won’t be able to establish chemistry with her new teammates.
“It’s hard to build that kind of team morale when we’re going to be in such distant places and we have these new people join and we can’t really all be together,” Clukey said.
Bowdoin’s decision could potentially trigger a domino effect.
UMass Boston, a member of the Little Ten Conference also announced it will not be holding sports during the fall semester.
Husson and UMPI say they are in wait-and-see mode and hope to have more concrete information to make a decision in a couple weeks.
As of Monday afternoon, Husson plans to bring students back in late August. If that holds, the Eagles will hold sports in the fall. The same sentiment is shared by the University of Southern Maine, but what happens between now and then could change everything.
“You know we’ve never dealt with anything like this before it’s just uncertainty across the board and so we’ve got lots of scenarios lots of plans but we don’t know which direction we’re going in totally at this point,” USM athletic director, Al Bean, said.