Florida A&M opts out of spring season due to COVID-19

Florida A&M will not take part in the planned football season in spring 2021.

Athletic director Kortne Gosha made the announcement Tuesday evening, adding the Rattlers’ volleyball and indoor track and field also won’t compete as the coronavirus pandemic continues.


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“Florida A&M Athletics’ decision to opt-out and forgo the 2021 spring football, indoor track & field and volleyball season was made with the health and safety of our student-athletes as our top priority. This was a collective decision with our coaches and staff, given the varying circumstances that COVID-19 has created for our program,” Gosha said. “We are certainly disappointed that some of our student-athletes will not be able to compete this year; however, we will shift our focus to achieving our academic priorities while planning a safe return to play in fall 2021.”

This was to be the school’s final season as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Another MEAC school, Bethune-Cookman, announced last week that it canceled all sports for the 2020-21 academic year.

Both Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman are moving to the Southwestern Athletic Conference in 2021.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)