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Future of CCAA sports remains uncertain

The NCAA division one council recently voted to allow voluntary on-campus athletic activity for some fall and winter sports. With the coronavirus pandemic still looming, what about division two schools like Chico State?

Posted: May 21, 2020 11:56 PM
Updated: May 22, 2020 8:53 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico State, and twelve other schools governed by the CCAA are still going to have to wait before we see sports come back at this moment in time.

CCAA Commissioner Mitch Cox met with Action News Now and talked about the difficulties with guiding geographically different programs through the coronavirus pandemic.

"We have schools that go from the San Diego area up to Arcata and from rural to the big cities and so everybody's county is a little bit different," said Cox.

He added, "...we made a blanket decision as a group that there was no way that we could do this and realistically without students on campus it doesn't really make sense to have athletes on campus."

With a variety of unique situations, each CCAA school is under, there's no clear path to guaranteeing the safety and health of players, coaches, and other athletic staff.

Cox says, "We understand the importance that athletics plays. We all miss it terribly and it's been like that since March. We're all out of our element right now. We're used to doing athletics, and we're not doing that right now but we have to be conscious of the reality and the reality is that we're in the middle of a major health crisis and we have to be taking care of each other."

The commissioner is close to finishing his second year as the head of the CCAA. He's no stranger to dealing with a natural crisis. His first year was spent adjusting on the fly during the November 2018 Camp Fire.

As more information pours in, so will the CCAA's flexibility to bringing sports back.

While some sports may have an easier time adjusting to guidelines set by their governing conference Cox says the CCAA is moving forward with a one for all and all for one approach.

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