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UNK fall sports await MIAA decision

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 10:04 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It was announced

that all fall sports championships at the NCAA Division II level had been cancelled. In their statement, the Presidents Council said “it was not feasible to hold fall championships as planned or to postpone them to the spring while prioritizing the health and well-being of student-athletes.”

The news was tough to swallow for University of Nebraska-Kearney football coach Josh Lynn and his players.

“A little bit of confusion, I mean where do you go from here?” Lynn said. “Obviously we tried to communicate with our players the best we could in regards to keeping their spirits up, and just trying to reassure them that this is a bump in the road that everyone is going through it.”

The Lopers had their best season since on the gridiron since 2011. Finishing the year 7-5 and with a win in the Mineral Water Bowl.

It is a huge bummer for the volleyball team as well. The Lopers went 38-1 a season ago. Their only loss came in the National Championship match.

“I mean there’s a lot of momentum going on right now with UNK football, as well as UNK athletics. Our volleyball team has a great team coming back, our men’s and women’s basketball teams, our soccer team is getting better,” Lynn said. “There’s not just disappointment with the football team, I think it’s disappointing for all athletes - and I think I’m speaking for all of Division II.”

UNK and the rest of the MIAA delayed the start of fall activities to Monday, Aug. 31. Now with no fall championships, the MIAA met Thursday to discuss what their plans are moving forward with fall sports, or whether they will have a season in any capacity at all. We expect that announcement to be made Friday.

“The message for our team has really been just that we have to be flexibile during this time and take whatever is thrown at us. Our kids have been great at that,” Lynn said. “With the postseason being cancelled we’re looking to see what the next step is for our conference, and even if we’re going to play at all to be completely honest with you.”

Currently 11 of the 23 Division II conferences have cancelled their fall sports seasons altogether.

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