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Fall College Sports Remain On Hold

Oregon State Athletics

With last week’s announcement by Gov. Kate Brown that large gatherings such as sporting events need to be canceled or modified through September, college sports in Oregon remain on hold.

Spring sports were called off in March, as states around the country enacted restrictions, and there’s little doubt that this fall’s athletics events will also need to be modified to comply with social distancing guidelines.

In a media call this week, Oregon State head football coach Jonathan Smith said it’s disappointing to think about how the coming year’s season will be affected, but he realizes the priority is to keep everyone safe.

He said, “I’m just confident that we’re going to do what is best, for not just Oregonians, but the Pac-12 Conference as we get to a point where we are making decisions on what September, October, and November will look like.”

This week, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said he doesn’t believe college football will be played if students can’t return to campus. Oregon State and University of Oregon are currently planning to have students back on campus for the Fall term, but those plans are tentative.

Meanwhile, local college teams are holding virtual meetings, watching film of old games, and trying to stay connected and ready for the possibility of returning to play.

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.