The MIAC might possibly move their fall sports to the spring with COVID-19 concerns still looming

“I think our path forward is narrowing every day as we move forward,” McKane said. 

The Morning News with Dave Lee
July 07, 2020 - 3:21 pm

The Commissioner of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Dave McKane spoke with Dave Lee today on WCCO-Radio to discuss the conference's plan for fall sports. 

The MIAC announced that spring sports would be canceled in mid-March before schools moved the remainder of their academic semesters online. Now as many schools within the conference are putting together different plans to have students return this fall, they are also working through what fall sports might look like. 

McKane spoke about how fluid plans are right now with new information coming out daily about the pandemic. However, he is hopeful and is planning on seeing athletes return this fall. 

“At this point, we’re planning to play,” McKane said. “We’ve put a plan in place that allows for safe return to competition.” 

The MIAC, as well as other athletic conferences, are working with the Minnesota department of health to find a way to return safely. McKane is also working with athletic directors from different schools to find what works best for everyone. 

“I think our path forward is narrowing every day as we move forward,” McKane said. 

Some of the changes that McKane discussed include competition being between only conference schools, moving fall sports entirely to the spring and other options depending on whether or not a sport is deemed high risk. 

When it comes to having fans in attendance McKane said that they are going to let each university decide based on their own facilities. 

While schools within the conference are deciding whether or not sports are a possibility they are also making other decisions due to the virus. Bethel University announced to their student body that they canceled their plan for a mid-August graduation ceremony for the class of 2020. St. Johns University has talked about their plans for having classes being taught in four-week blocks to reduce the number of student interactions. 

With so much up in the air due to COVID-19 McKane is working to try and bring some normalcy back to the MIAC, but he acknowledges that they have a lot to decide on. 

“We’re looking at options,” McKane said. “We've got a couple of choices in front of us to take a look at.” 

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