STATEWIDE – By 6 PM Monday, more than three-quarters of the college athletics departments in Maine that compete under the NCAA umbrella had announced they will not compete this fall, but those left say they are committed to giving their athletes a chance to compete.
Thomas and UMaine Presque Isle, from the NAC, and St. Joe’s, of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, are reportedly among those attempting play a limited schedule for its fall sports teams, per announcements on Monday.
The North Atlantic Conference announced Monday it would not sponsor conference competition, or a conference championship. UMPI athletic director Dan Kane says he plans to work with NAC teams on a limited schedule, independent of the NAC.
St. Joe’s athletics director Will Sandorn says july was too early to determine if play is possible this fall: “our situation is a little bit better than some other spots in the country, and if things go well with the start of school, there are other schools that seem to be holding out the hope that we can get a few contests in.”