Saint Rose Determined To Play, Despite NE-10 Cancelling Winter Sports
Capital Region fans were expecting The College of Saint Rose to join the list of other local colleges in the unfortunate situation of having to cancel winter sports. Over the past few weeks we have had schools including Union, RPI, Skidmore and local junior colleges cancel their basketball, hockey and indoor track seasons.
However as of early Wednesday morning The College of Saint Rose is still determined to compete this season. The Golden Knights' conference, the NE-10, released the following statement in regards to the members winter sports season on the conference's website
Given the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the region, the Northeast-10 Conference Council of Presidents voted on Tuesday December 15 to cancel formal regular season and championship competition in the Conference's seven winter sports. Impacted sports involve competition for both men and women in basketball, indoor track & field, and swimming & diving as well as men's ice hockey.
While the Council has elected to cancel formal NE10 winter competition and championships in 2021, each NE10 member institution shall retain the autonomy to determine if it will engage in independent athletic contests this winter. Team activities, practice and training opportunities and contests against outside competition will be determined and defined by each member institution but shall adhere to NCAA policies and state public health regulations.
The College of Saint Rose posted this statement in regards to the NE-10's decision on their school website
While the Council has elected to cancel formal NE10 winter competition and championships in 2021, each NE10 member institution shall retain the autonomy to determine if it will engage in independent athletic contests this winter.
Saint Rose is taking steps to prepare for student-athletes to return for a delayed start to team activities including practice, training opportunities, and contests against outside competition, while adhering to NCAA and state and local public health regulations.
The College will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis with the goal of resuming winter sport team activities when spring semester classes start on January 19.
The College of Saint Rose continues to be severely impacted by COVID-19. In July of this year, the college announced that the school would be reducing expenses by six million dollars Five months later, the college announced that sixteen unique bachelor degree programs would be cut from the school.
No official date or opponent has been set yet for either the men's or women's basketball teams season opening games.
You can listen to the full interview with Coach Mike Perno with Levack and Goz from earlier today below.
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