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UNI Athletics copes with COVID-19

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CEDAR FALLS(KWWL)--In response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UNI-Dome and the McLeod center have both been closed to the public….and only a sparse number of people are working in the Panther athletic offices.

The NCAA took the lead in canceling all sports events for the health and safety of the athletes and the public.

David Harris says it is now a matter of staying flexible.

UNI Athletics Director, David Harris says "On this situation with the Coronavirus information is literally coming in on an hourly basis--when you think you have the right decision made it can change very quickly as we found out this is the most fluid situation that I have dealt with in my entire career."

History was made last week with cancellation of all the NCAA basketball tournaments---the NCAA wrestling tournaments and the NCAA spring sports seasons.

Harris says it has been frustrating to see the winter sports athletes denied an opportunity to compete for championships.

But the NCAA has offered a chance for the spring sports athletes to get another year of eligibility----.

David Harris says. "The NCAA decided that our Spring student-athletes would get the relief of the extra season of eligibility but we don't know exactly how that is going to roll out there are financial implications that we have to take into account there as well. I know for some of them they will say I am graduating This spring and I am planning to go to grad school of I have a job lined up or there are other things that I am planning to do so they may not be interested in taking us up on this opportunity but then there will be others that might be interested in doing that so then how we will go about doing that how will we make sure signing those who are coming in and signing new scholarships there is room to still be able to do that as well as those who might want to come back those are the decisions we will have to have on a conference and national level to figure out the best way to do it."

Rick Coleman

Sports Director

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