BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In response to the continued impact of COVID-19, the Gulf South Conference has suspended all athletic competition, countable athletic related activities, and off-campus recruiting for an indefinite period.
This decision was made after thorough collaboration between the conference office, university presidents and chancellors, and the league’s athletic directors.
On Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.
On Thursday, the Mississippi College athletic department announced that they would continue playing a regular schedule with limited attendance, but Friday’s announcement by the GSC takes precedence.
Mississippi College released on Thursday that they would be extending Spring Break through Sunday, March 22nd. Starting Monday, March 23rd, classes will transition to online instruction through at least April 3rd.
Students are not encouraged to return to campus until Spring Break is over, and all student activities are canceled through at least April 3rd.
Mississippi College is a private Christian university located in Clinton, Mississippi with an enrollment of over 5,000 students. MC recently finished their transition process back to NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference and began competing for conference and national championships in the 2016-17 academic year.
The athletic department sponsors 17 intercollegiate athletic programs: Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Football, Golf, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field and Volleyball.