Coronavirus Cancels Notre Dame Blue & Gold Game, Suspends Spring Practice

The global pandemic of COVID-19, aka coronavirus, has essentially shut down the entire world of sports including Notre Dame football.  After the NBA suspended its season on Wednesday night, almost every other league has followed suit resulting in the cancelation of all basketball conference tournaments, March Madness, and now the Notre Dame Blue-Gold game. Spring practice as a whole, of which Notre Dame has 14 remaining practices, is suspended with the chance of it being completed at some point.

It was only a matter of time.  Once the NBA suspended games last night following Rudy Gobert’s positive test for the coronavirus, it seemed inevitable that other sports would quickly follow suit – especially a sport like football with so much contact and touching.  Here’s what Brian Kelly had to say over Twitter today.

The way things are going, this was unavoidable and it’s 100% the right decision.  Just like all of the conferences and major sports leagues, it’s only prudent to postpone or cancel all of these activities because as much as we all love them, they are not even close to essential.

From a pure football perspective, it will be interesting to see what the NCAA does here in terms of allowing programs to still use whatever number of practices they have left.  If this stretches into mid to late April, will they let schools use their spring practices in May or June?  Most scholarship athletes are on campus in June and July anyway.

All of that will be decided at a later date though and at this point is also still very much secondary to the health and safety of everyone involved.

For a bit of context here, when the coronavirus hit China initially, the Chinese Basketball Association suspended league play in early January and isn’t expected to start back up again until April making for a 10-week period.  If that were to be the case with all American sports, we’d be looking at collegiate sports potentially starting back up again in late May/early June. That’s where things will get interesting for the NCAA.

Do all of these practices just go away essentially? Will they let teams make them up in fall camp? All questions no one has the answers to today and all questions that, honestly, don’t really need to be answered right now.

From our perspective here at UHND, we’ll still keep posting articles between now and whenever sports resume.  We still have a lot of thoughts about the team that we never posted before spring practice started that we can still share.

We hope all our readers and their loved ones stay safe and healthy during this time.

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  1. If someone told me a week ago sports leagues would be cancelling/postponing seasons and games I would have said they were nuts. Playing to empty stadiums, yes, that I could have foreseen and that has happened from time to time in the past. But this I never would have anticipated.

    The ones I feel bad for the most are the players in the winter and spring sports tournaments. Pro-sports like the NBA and NHL…I can’t imagine they’ll cancel the playoffs and championships. The regular season might be short circuited or greatly reduced, but playoffs? They’ll go on.

    But for some of these kids, it’s a once in a lifetime chance in some cases. ND Basketball? I was curious to see if they were going to make a run but I didn’t hold out much hope for any major surprised there.

    But what about other teams. On ESPN last night they were talking about Northwestern Women’s Basketball. They were having one of those once in a generation type of years. And there are other teams like that across college sports where they were having that once in a generation year where all the stars were coming together and they may need to wait another 20+ years to recapture that.

    I get it. Sports is hardly a priority and you have to keep people safe above all else. But you can still feel a bit of sympathy for some of these kids that will miss their chance to show the world what they got.

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