Most of A&M-Kingsville's Fall sports postponed until Spring

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Posted at 3:39 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 00:09:50-04

The Lone Star Conference, which includes Texas A&M-Kingsville, announced Friday it would be postponing most 2020 Fall sports because of COVID-19.

The affected sports include football, soccer, volleyball and basketball.

The move comes after NCAA Division II Presidents' Council said Wednesday it would be canceling Fall sports championships.

Cross country, golf and tennis will still compete, with the latter two ending their seasons after their regular season.

Football, soccer, volleyball and basketball are classified as "high-contact risk sports" by the NCAA. Practices can still be held in the fall beginning Aug. 24.

Cross country, golf and tennis, which the NCAA considers "low-and-medium-contact risk sports," can begin practicing the week of Sept. 21.

"I'd like to say, about a month ago, we were a little bit more optimistic," said head football coach MIke Salinas. "Not surprised, given the state -- especially -- where we are regionally when it comes to COVID-19. We are going to have to adjust and have a plan in place that helps our kids. Emotions have been a little bit of a roller coaster, dealing with the news we got. It was tough, talking to our players, but we now we gotta move on and formulate a plan to help us move on and get better."