Morgantown, W.VA. – Just days after head football coach Neal Brown met with the media via Zoom, the Big 12 conference announced its decision on the March 29 deadline for resuming football activities.
The conference extended the suspension of team activities, voluntary and structured, from March 29 to May 31 due to the continuing developments with COVID-19. The conference is allowing teams to meet virtually for no more than two hours a week, where film study and technical discussions can take place and everything must be focused on being non-physical.
In light of the increased suspension, West Virginia University formally announced the cancellation of the Gold-Blue game, the spring football game that was set to take place several weeks from now, on Saturday April 18, will not be taking place. The spring game is typically the turning point for West Virginia football fans in the spring, drawing a large crowd and giving fans and armchair coaches just enough content to hypothesize on what the season will bring until fall camp starts.
Now, it’s just not something that will be happening in a few weeks and players will look toward the next date of May 31.
Coach Brown gave a brief statement on the cancellation of the Gold-Blue Game, “It’s disappointing for our players and fans that the Gold-Blue Spring Game is canceled. The game is the highlight of the spring for everyone,” Coach Neal Brown said. These are very serious times, and this is the right decision. We need to do everything we can to protect our student-athletes, University, state and community. Last year’s spring game was a great day, and let’s work to bring the event back bigger and better next April.”