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No Fall Sports At Jacksonville University, University Of North Florida

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The Dolphins will not be playing this fall at Jacksonville University.

Fall sports competition at Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida and other Atlantic Sun Conference universities is being postponed due to COVID-19.

ASUN announced the postponement Friday of all regular season and championship competition for the 2020 fall semester.

"Obviously this is a huge disappointment," said ASUN Conference Commissioner Ted Gumbart. "Anyone who follows college sports understands the dynamics that brought us to this decision, but that doesn't mean we like it.”

The conference-sponsored fall semester sports include men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and volleyball. The decision on no fall competition will also apply to intercollegiate competition for any ASUN-sponsored sports that have a designated spring championship, according to ASUN.

The ASUN Presidents' Council said a spring season for the fall sports remains an ASUN priority.

“While the decision to postpoine fall semester competition is extremely disappointing, I’m confident that it’s the right one and optimistic that we can continbue to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for our remarkable student athletes," said Jacksonville University Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert.

“We are going to make every effort to provide a competitive experience for our fall student-athletes this spring. In the meantime, we will work hard to keep our student-athletes, coaches staff and campus community safe and healthly," he continued.

The ASUN winter sports of men's and women's basketball and men's and women's indoor track and field are not being postponed as of Friday, according to the conference.

Beyond sports, both local universities have made safety modifications and restrictions for the fall semester in response to the pandemic. Additional information is available on their websites:

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Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.