The Georgia football program and head coach Kirby Smart put out a video on Monday evening regarding the coronavirus and the future of the program in this time of uncertainty.
DawgNation has typed out what was said in the video, which you can see below.
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) March 16, 2020
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) March 16, 2020
“To all the members of Bulldog Nation, thank you so much for your continued support during this time. We know that the current events have left us all with a feeling of great uncertainty, but we’ll continue to attack each day with a commitment to our community.
“Football operations have been suspended. However, we have a greater mission that extends beyond sport alone. We find ourselves with an opportunity to further our commitment to each other. To direct our passion and energy towards the betterment of our world, and shelter the family we hold dear.
“Together, we will keep each other safe. Football is a team sport. And today as members of our team, we need all of you.
“Each one of you has the power to make a difference. To wash our hands regularly, to stay home if we’re sick, and safely distance ourselves. To protect. And when this is all over, we’ll be here. Ready as ever. Be safe. Take care. Call your loved ones.
“Be a light to your community. And as always, Go Dawgs!”
The University of System of Georgia also announced on Monday night that classes will be online for the remainder of the school year as well. It previously announced that the classes until March 29 will be canceled. The USG also stated that students are not allowed to return to campus unless they receive permission from the school.
Earlier in the day, LSU athletic director Scott Woodward told a group of reporters that the SEC Baseball Tournament will be canceled. The NCAA previously decided to cancel all winter and spring championships. The NCAA has said that it will work to give spring sports student-athletes an extra year of eligibility due to the cancellation.
The SEC has suspended all team activities through at least April 15, with spring football being included. There has also been a ban on recruiting on- and off-campus. Coaches are still able to communicate to prospects electronically, such as text messages.
Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Georgia football was set to begin spring practice on Tuesday, but that has now obviously changed.
Georgia football is set to open the 2020 season on Sept. 7 against Virginia. The game is scheduled to be played in Atlanta.
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