Football postponed until the spring semester
By: Kaley Dowell
Due to the coronavirus Tarleton State University has officially made the decision to postpone the football season until the spring of 2021.
“The health and well-being of our student-athletes, as well as our fans, staff and all the students of Tarleton State University, has always been our top priority… As difficult a decision as this is, we feel like we need to wait to participate until there is a safe return protocol at the end of this pandemic,” Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Lonn Reisman said.
Many people were excited to see Tarleton take the field as a Division 1 school this fall, however, it is in everyone’s best interest to postpone the season. By delaying the season, Tarleton is hoping to have a more regular season then what would have been allowed at this point in time.
“Spring football is better than no football,” Tarleton President James Hurley said. “We believe that the postponement of our Division I debut is in the best interest of all of our students and alumni. I know we will have an exceptional slate of student and alumni activities to go along with the spring schedule at Homecoming.”
As of now, Tarleton is planning to have two homecoming celebrations. One this fall semester for students and another in the spring during the new football season that alumni would be able to attend.
“Tarleton will offer a handful of activities at all campuses and learning sites this fall to punctuate the semester with some time-honored traditions. The spring semester will feature a full-scale Homecoming. Date for the annual game and parade will be announced when the schedule is finalized,” Tarleton Marketing and Communications department stated.
These are unprecedented times, but Tarleton is doing everything they can to make them exciting and worth the wait.
As Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Kelli Styron said, “It is an exciting time to be a Tarleton Texan!”