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Utah Cancels Spring Football Practices

Mar 13, 2020, 2:36 PM | Updated: 2:37 pm
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham during fall camp. (Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics)...
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham during fall camp. (Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics)
(Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The University of Utah athletic department announced that the spring football practices will not resume next week after spring break concludes.

The decision is in alignment with the Pac-12 Conference members that all Utah Athletics team practices and organized athletic activities will be suspended indefinitely for a period of time in the best interests of the health of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

The Pac-12 announced on Thursday that all intercollegiate athletics competitions by Utah Athletics, the Pac-12 and other athletics organizations have been cancelled.

The university announced on Thursday that they will transition to online instruction beginning next Wednesday.

Spring football practices, which began March 2, will not resume as planned after spring break.

“We understand the seriousness of this worldwide pandemic and support every measure being taken in the interests of public health and safety,” said Mark Harlan, Director of Athletics. “I also want to acknowledge the extreme disappointment our student-athletes are experiencing as they adjust to the finality of this on so many levels. We will continue to support them in every way while giving them the freedom to make the safest and healthiest decisions for them.”

“The most important priority of Utah Athletics is to safeguard the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans and media. We will continue to monitor all new developments and remain in regular communication with University leadership as we employ the most responsible and cautious approach in alignment with recommendations from state and local health officials.”

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