Another domino has fallen in the world of college sports.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced on Wednesday that it has suspended all sports competition until Jan. 1.
The GLIAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously on Tuesday to shut down all sports for fall – football, cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s tennis and volleyball.
“The decision to suspend all sports competition this fall was extremely difficult,” GLIAC commissioner Kris Dunbar said. “After thoroughly reviewing federal, state, and NCAA SSI (Sport Science Institute) and Board of Governor’s guidelines, it became apparent that conducting contests and championships this fall was insurmountable. My frustration and sadness for the coaches, student-athletes, families and fans is unmitigated. The league will continue to work on protocols for a safe return for our athletic programs, with the health and safety of our student-athletes and staff taking the highest priority.”
The GLIAC’s announcement comes one day after the Big Ten announced canceling all fall sports, including football. Late last month, the MIAA, home to Division III schools in the state, announced it was postponing football league games for the fall.
Most of the schools in the 12-team Division II conference are in Michigan, including Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Northwood, Saginaw Valley State and Wayne State.
The conference says it will continue to gather information to figure out a “competitive structure during the second semester.”
The GLIAC’s winter and spring sports calendar will be announced at a later date. Ferris State, LSSU and MTU compete in the WCHA in men’s hockey.