ODU cancels fall sports

By James Onuska | Sports Editor

As students begin their Fall classes, it will be with no talk of sports on campus. A consensus decision was made by Coaches, Athletic Director Wood Selig, and President John R. Broderick that the season presented a considerable risk for athletes and staff. Athletes and fans will have to wait for the highly anticipated inaugural season for the women’s volleyball led by Coach Fred Chao. Coach Chao has spent the last two seasons turning around Duke University’s volleyball team. His highlights included knocking off number 5 Pitt Panthers while also leading Duke to the NCAA Tournament.

Joining the women’s volleyball team are the men’s and women’s soccer teams, field hockey, and football. This means no three o’clock weekday games to catch junior Riley Taylor dropping dimes to her teammates while the women’s soccer team looked to improve on their 11-7 record, which include 6-1 in the conference. Also means that no Saturday night games under the lights at S.B. Ballard Stadium to witness new head football coach Ricky Rahne and the refurbished defense led by second-team All-Conference USA recipient Keion White. Coach Rahne arrives with high expectations of turning the program around after a dismal 1-11 record in 2019, 0-8 in the conference.

Sports give the athletes a place to exhibit their skill set while providing an atmosphere for them to embellish on. The fans of yesterday and tomorrow will have to wait a little longer to cheer on their respected classmates, friends, or loved ones. Enjoying a cup of hot cocoa, an appetizing hotdog, or a bag of popcorn on that chili autumn day while nestled under a blanket will also be put on hold. The anticipation of seeing your Old Dominion Monarchs taking the field to play their hearts out plays second string as the University looks to protect athletes, fans, and faculty from the current pandemic situation. The cancelation of Fall sports will only show spectators the strength and perseverance within the blue and silver community. Student body and faculty could continue to show appreciation by wearing their team’s colors or apparel. Keep Pride, Go Monarchs!