- Dale Duff Reporting ([email protected])
The Covid-19 virus has struck the Maine sports scene again.
This time University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy has put Black Bear athletics on ‘pause’ until at least December 8th because of positive test results, including some individuals involved with varsity programs at Orono.
“We love to see our Black Bears compete, but the health of our student athletes, coaches, staff and communities comes first,” said President Ferrini-Mundy. “We are responding to test results and contact tracing to prevent the further spread of infection within Athletics, throughout the university community and beyond.” – UMaine Release
The decision means the UMaine men’s basketball team will be brought back to campus from Connecticut. Coach Richard Barron’s team was scheduled to play nationally ranked Virginia Thanksgiving Eve. The men’s team will lost four games between now and December 8th and those games will not be made up.
The UMaine women’s team will not play games in Connecticut this weekend and the men’s and women’s games will also be postponed.
“While this interruption will be difficult on our teams, it is in keeping with our premise that the health and safety of our community is the priority,” said Ken Ralph, director of UMaine Athletics. “We will do all we can to positively engage our students in the safest way possible. We are grateful for the support we have received and our teams look forward to returning to competition when it is deemed safe to do so.” – UMaine Release
NOTE: This story will be updated