JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Coronavirus concerns have impacted the entire sports calendar.
The NCAA announced that their basketball Tournament, the Women’s Tournament, and the College World Series are all canceled.
Arkansas State was also impacted on Thursday. The Sun Belt announced that all spring sports will be suspended indefinitely. Austin American-Stateman reporter Keff Ciardello reports that conference officials will re-assess after 30 days.
The Red Wolves are also canceling the spring football game that was scheduled for Thursday, March 19th. Vice Chancellor of Intercollegiate Athletics Terry Mohajir said the following in a statement.
"We have been in communication with the Sun Belt Conference, my AD colleagues and our CEOs in order to take appropriate measures to ensure the well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans during this time. This is obviously a very fluid situation, so we will continue to consult with the appropriate authorities in order to take the best course of action moving forward.”
Red Wolves baseball has to wait it out, they were en route to ULM for Friday’s scheduled SBC opener.
A-State men’s and women’s track & field is also affected. Camryn Newton-Smith is denied a chance to compete at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. She was set to be in the penathlon Friday in New Mexico. Newton-Smith will still be recognized as an All-American due to qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Red Wolves track & field were scheduled to begin their outdoor season March 20th in the South Alabama Invitational.
Arkansas State women’s golf was scheduled to compete in the Bethune-Cookman Invitational in Daytona Beach, Florida. A-State men’s golf is back in town after competing in the Tiger Invitational in Alabama.
Sadly the season is over for Red Wolves women’s bowling. A-State was scheduled to compete in the Southland Conference Tournament March 20th in Texas. The scarlet & black finished 2nd this past weekend in the Music City Classic. Justin Kostick’s squad were expected to reach the NCAA Championship for the 13th consecutive season. A-State was #5 nationally in the most recent NTCA Coaches Poll.