SoCon Announces Fall Sports Postponed
Dear Campus Community,
The Southern Conference announced today that it has made the difficult decision to postpone fall sports, including for Furman Athletics. Please see our news release below for more information. Many details still need to be worked out, and we will share more information as we work through those plans in the coming weeks.
To our student-athletes, fans and the entire Furman family, we know this is disappointing and we look forward to resuming athletics competition as soon as possible.
August 13, 2020
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES FALL SPORTS DECISION
GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Southern Conference announced today the postponement of all fall sports league competition due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision by SoCon presidents effectively ends all fall conference competition for Furman’s football, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country programs. The league expressed hope for the revival of traditional fall sports in the spring should the health and safety climate improve.
“The college presidents in the Southern Conference were thoughtful in this discussion, with the health and safety of students, staff and fans as their priority, and did not make this decision lightly,” said Furman President Dr. Elizabeth Davis. “As is the case with all of our institutions, athletics plays an important role for our students, campus community and alumni, and we are all disappointed that we are not able to have a fall season as we had hoped. Furman’s student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff all worked very hard to prepare for the fall season, and I am so very grateful to them for their dedication. We all look forward to Furman Athletics returning as soon as possible and to the bright and exciting future ahead.”
While the league’s action specifically covered the termination of fall conference competition, it left open the option for individual institutions to schedule non-conference competition, including football.
“Over the past several months, Furman Athletics has been focused solely on our community’s health and safety, our students’ return to campus for classes, and the resumption of athletics competition,” said Furman Director of Athletics Jason Donnelly. “I appreciate the unwavering support of our administration, sports medicine staff, and facilities staff who worked hard to put us in a position to potentially play this fall. While we are disappointed that we will not be able to compete as a conference, we respect the league’s decision and will thoroughly evaluate all of our options moving forward. We look forward to the Paladins representing Furman at our next possible opportunity and will continue to support our outstanding student-athletes in every possible way. I am confident they will emerge stronger than ever.”
The last season Furman did not compete in football was 1945, the final year of World War II.
A number of new Furman Football Game Day enhancements had been planned for 2020, including improved seating in Paladin Stadium’s 50-yard line premium (purple) section; new paint scheme for the East Stands; 360-degree field level circulation option; a new student tailgate zone inside the stadium; pre-game festivities, including a Fan Zone and tailgating opportunities; and a new tailgating lot traffic flow plan.