“The decision to stop play, do our part, to be able to get through this period of time is something we had to do,” said A-10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade. “I think we are addressing this virus in the most serious way.”
Shortly before scheduled noon tipoffs, the A-10, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, American Athletic, and other conferences all announced they were cancelling their conference tournaments amid the virus outbreak.
“This was a preventive decision, not a reactionary decision,” said Thorr Bjorn, chairman of A-10 athletic directors. “You always hate to have to pull people off the court.”
UMass Head Coach Matt McCall said he can only imagine how hard the tournament decision was for the University of Dayton to accept.
“The job that he’s done this year has been unbelievable,” McCall said about Dayton Head Coach Anthony Grant. “It can’t be easy for him.”
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The Dayton Flyers were scheduled to play in the A-10 tournament in Brooklyn, New York Friday at noon. Ohio State was scheduled to play Purdue today in Indianapolis.
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The Cincinnati Bearcats were scheduled to play tomorrow at noon, but their opponent was not yet determined.
The Mid American Conference, playing in Cleveland, also decided to cancel the remainder of their tournament.