All SEC sports suspended; SEC Tournament canceled


All major basketball conference tournaments were cancelled at some point Thursday morning over concerns about the spread of the virus. The Gators' spring game is now scheduled for Saturday, April 18.

The leagues announced their decisions Thursday morning just before games in numerous tournaments were set to tip off. Each year, a handful of players who participate in the camps are invited to play the prestigious Under Armour All-America Game each January. The camp series was originally scheduled to continue in Dallas on Sunday and Houston on March 22.

For swimming & diving, there is typically just one dead period in a calendar year, the Monday to Thursday of the first week of the signing period in November. "We wanted to be proactive in protecting our student athletes", AAC commissioner Mike Aresco told Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel.

The Arkansas-Vanderbilt game they were watching would be the last of the SEC tournament played with fans in the Nashville arena due to the coronavirus.

The league's extended timeline still leaves the door open for sports like baseball and softball to resume later this spring, but the NCAA has already canceled all spring championships as well. The tournament is at risk to be canceled with the National Basketball Association suspending all regular-season games.

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Sarah White, second from left, with her family at tonight's SEC Tournament.

"Following additional consultation with the league's presidents and athletic directors, and in light of the continued conversations surrounding the fluidity of COVID-19, the Atlantic Coast Conference will immediately cancel the remainder of the 2020 ACC Tournament". "We believe the decision is in the best interests of our participants and fans".

The Big East Conference was the latest to cancel their tournaments.

Today, the Southeastern Conference modified its original mandate to suspend play through April 15 after originally shutting down all competition through March 30.