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Daemen to postpone intercollegiate athletic competitions for Fall 2020 semester

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Posted at 11:53 AM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 11:54:19-04

AMHERST, NY (WKBW) — Another domino has fallen in WNY athletics.

On Friday, Daemen College announced the postponement of intercollegiate athletic competitions for the Fall 2020 semester. They join other East Coast Conference institutions in that decision due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is a difficult message to deliver, but one that was not entered into lightly," said Director of Athletics Traci Murphy. "Perhaps at no other time in its history has the NCAA and its member institutions been faced with such a challenge. But make no mistake about it, today's student-athletes are resilient and determined. We will work together to overcome this obstacle and achieve our objective of competing for championships no matter what month they're held in."

According to the announcement, the ECC has pledged to explore alternative solutions for fall and winter sports that are directly impacted by the announcement. Further details will be announced at a later date.

The moratorium on competitions this fall includes those for Daemen teams that compete outside the scope of the ECC like women's triathlon, men's volleyball, and cheerleading. Spring sports will conduct their seasons as normal, conditions permitting.