In a move that is completely unsurprising, the Pac-12 announced today that it has canceled all spring sports for the remainder of the academic year in response to the continued spread of the coronavirus. Additionally, the Washington State Cougars have decided to suspend all organized team activities until at least April 2.
This follows the NCAA’s decision to cancel its winter and spring sports championships, and the Pac-12’s previous decision to suspend competition indefinitely.
Those WSU team activities would, of course, include spring football practices, which were scheduled to begin March 27. That means at least the first four practices are postponed, which would also logically mean that the spring game is almost certainly also postponed, although WSU is not committing to that just yet: “Due to the rapidly changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, WSU athletics has not made any decisions regarding organized team activities beyond April 2.”
That statement seems more hopeful than anything else; with K-12 schools in the state shuttered until at least April 24, and with experts warning that this entire pandemic is likely to get much worse before it gets better ... it’s increasingly difficult to see where 100 men smashing into each other for an hour or two a few times a week is going to be considered a good idea.