Morehouse cancels soccer season due to coronavirus pandemic

Morehouse, a historically black university in Atlanta, announced Friday that it will cancel its 2020 soccer season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Morehouse will also not compete in cross country, his other fall sport, this year. Morehead President David A. Thomas said the school would continue to honor athletic scholarships.

“I know this news will be very disappointing for our academic athletes, especially our older adults,” said Thomas in an open letter posted on the school’s website. “I can only ask for your understanding and respect for the fact that the College is prioritizing your health and safety above all else. We are committed to the principle that our athletes are first and foremost students.”

Morehouse is believed to be the first soccer scholarship program to cancel its 2020 season. Florida Tech closed its soccer program entirely in May due to the pandemic, and at least four games involving HBCU schools, such as Southern Heritage. Classic between Jackson State and Tennessee State, have been canceled.

Thomas said the decision was made with the health and well-being of the students and the community in mind and that no decisions have been made about winter or spring sports.

“It follows my intention to maintain a safe campus in the hope that our students can return in August,” said Thomas.

Morehouse, who competes at the NCAA Division II level, was due to open his season on September 5 in Atlanta against Edward Waters College.