Statement from ETSU Athletic Director Scott Carter on fall sports competition

Published 4:41 pm Thursday, August 13, 2020


Earlier today, the Southern Conference announced that it will not have fall conference competition due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It is the intention to move fall sports’ regular-season competition and championships to the spring. 

This difficult decision was made in the best interest of health and safety of all student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans. 

Subscribe to our free email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

In making this decision, extensive research was conducted surrounding COVID-19 resocialization parameters, NCAA mandated standards, associated financial realities, and several other factors. 

ETSU Sports Medicine staff, Athletic Administration, the ETSU COVID-19 working group, and ETSU Health have worked tirelessly with campus leadership to create protocols for the maximization of health and safety. 

These incredible efforts place ETSU Athletics in the most favorable position possible to combat this pandemic.


Our charge now shifts to working with the NCAA and Southern Conference to safely train and prepare our student-athletes in all of our fall sports for a future season in the spring. 

It is our hope that a more favorable health and safety environment can allow for competitions and championships to take place at that time.