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As schools continue to cancel fall sports due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Old Dominion has now lost its only FCS game on the 2020 slate. That’s a Week 2 contest with nearby Hampton University. On Monday, the Pirates announced the cancellation of all fall sports.
Hampton issued a statement from athletic director Eugene Marshall Jr. on Monday. It read:
“I hope this communication finds you and your loved ones well during this challenging time. Out of Concern for the spread of COVID-19 among our athletes and members of other HU constituent groups, all fall sports have been suspended. If conditions permit, we anticipate resuming all athletic-related activities during the spring semester 2021. The spring semester will consist of both winter and spring sports.
Please understand that this decision was not taken lightly. But it was done in the best interest of our Hampton University students, student-athletes, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and fans. I am extremely confident that we will work through these challenging times together! Please stay in continuous communication with your coaches, academic support staff, and athletic staff for updated information. As well as providing up with the opportunity to see how you and your family are doing.”
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Hampton was scheduled to travel across the water to play Old Dominion on Sept. 12. Last week, a report came out stating that the ACC was going to cancel all non-conference games. That announcement has been delayed.
If it was to be announced, Old Dominion would lose the opener with Wake Forest and the chance to host Virginia. The Monarchs would be left with nine games. That would consist of eight conference games and a non-conference contest at Connecticut.
Last week, we went over a few scheduling options for the Monarchs.
One can only wonder what this will mean for the players at Hampton and how many would consider transferring. The prospects of a fall football season are looking less and less likely.
We have received a statement from Old Dominion Athletic Director Wood Selig
“We were informed by Hampton University athletic director Gene Marshall this afternoon that Hampton would not be competing this fall in intercollegiate athletics which obviously cancels our September 12 football contest. We certainly respect and appreciate their decision as we all evaluate what is the best course of action for our respective institutions, students, faculty, staff, and campus communities,” Selig said. “This will certainly impact our seven-game home schedule for 2020 and we will continue to evaluate our schedule in the weeks ahead and how we plan to refund our season ticket holders or perhaps reschedule another home contest for this September 12 date. College football scheduling is particularly fluid at this time and we expect the next two to three weeks to be particularly critical in that regard.”