Statement from Purdue Fort Wayne Director of Athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton:
“With the safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff as a guiding principle, it became clear postponing fall competition was the correct decision. Our staff and coaches, with the guidance of medical experts, have worked countless hours the last several months to develop plans and protocols to create a safe environment to train. I applaud their work and am so grateful for their commitment to our student-athletes. This work will continue as we prepare for competition when conditions allow.”
Guided by its core value of student-athlete well-being, the Horizon League Council decided on Thursday, July 16 to delay the start of fall competition for all sports (championship and non-championship) with the understanding that if competition occurs, it will not begin before October 1. The decision allows each campus to further focus on ensuring return to competition protocols uphold the Council’s principle of safety and can be reasonably implemented.
The delay in competition includes all exhibition, League and non-League contests in all sports (championship and nonchampionship). Decisions related to training and practice will be left to members’ discretion.
Rescheduling of non-conference contests impacted by the postponed start of the fall seasons will be determined by each school.
The Horizon League’s Council will continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19, and will evaluate fall schedules and competitions with the understanding that there may be future changes. The Council will continue to be guided by our top priority: the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff.
The Horizon League Council consists of the 12 member institutions’ athletic directors, chairpersons of the Senior Woman’s Administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives and a student-athlete.