COVID-19 took most of the spring away from Presbyterian College sports teams, and the novel coronavirus will take a toll on the autumn, as well.
With a priority for the health and safety of student-athletes and others cited, the Big South Conference announced on Wednesday that it will begin fall sport competition on Thursday, Sept. 3. The decision was made by the league's Executive Committee in consultation with the Big South Council of Athletics Directors, Chief Executive Officers and medical professionals, and provides each member institution the opportunity to focus on return to competition protocols and necessary resources to facilitate the “resocialization process,” while maintaining competitive opportunities for its student-athletes this fall.
Or that’s the idea, anyway.
The Presbyterian College men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball programs have each had their schedules affected by this announcement, which has canceled the following games:
Men's Soccer: Aug. 25 at College of Charleston, Aug. 31 at UNC Greensboro.
Women's Soccer: Aug. 27 vs. The Citadel, Aug. 30 vs. Georgia Southern.
Volleyball: Aug. 28 vs. College of Charleston (in Statesboro, Ga.), Aug. 28 vs. Southeastern Louisiana (in Statesboro), Aug. 29 at Georgia Southern.
The following PC contests had already been canceled prior to Wednesday's announcement, due to other schools and conferences canceling and/or delaying all fall sports:
Football: Sept. 12 at Johnson C. Smith,
Men's Soccer: Oct. 27 at Davidson
Women's Soccer: Aug. 23 at Alabama State, Aug. 24 at Georgia, Sept. 4 vs. Navy, Oct. 17 vs. Hampton.
Volleyball: Sept. 12 vs. S.C. State, Sept. 18-19 at N.C. Central, Oct. 10 vs. Hampton, Oct. 30 at Hampton.