As recently announced, the Southland Conference, of which Southeastern is a member, will postpone league fall athletic competition to the spring.
Both Athletics Director Jay Artigues and President John Crain are in full support of the decision which prioritizes the health and safety of student-athletes.
Although some Southland institutions may choose to participate in limited fall competition, Southeastern, along with the other Louisiana member institutions, will not take part in any athletic competitions in the fall.
“The efforts associated with ensuring the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and other athletics staff amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic quickly become very challenging,” President Crain said. “The nature of athletic competition, especially for some sports, along with related travel and other activities, clearly creates heightened risks for those involved that we are just not comfortable taking.”
“I am extremely disappointed for our student-athletes, coaches and other staff who have worked so hard to prepare for competition this fall, but I look forward to working with them in preparing for and anticipating spring competition. Likewise, I know our students, alumni, fans, and other supporters of Lion Athletics are disappointed but would want us to prioritize the health and safety of our people,” Crain added.
It is expected that league athletic directors will immediately begin work with Southland Conference staff to plan for spring competition.