GLIAC Suspends All Sports Competition Through 2020

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that it has suspended all sports competition until Jan. 1, 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our council of presidents and GLIAC athletic directors weighed this decision from every angle, hoping to find a feasible option for student-athletes to compete this fall, but in the end, the potential risks to student-athletes, coaches, support staff and fans made fall competition impossible,” said GLIAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Dr. Richard Pappas of Davenport University, in a statement. “Plans to provide fall teams with competition opportunities during the spring semester are a priority for the league. We look forward to getting our student-athletes back on campus so they can resume training, and our members remain devoted to providing a quality student-athlete experience despite these challenging circumstances.”

An NCAA Division II conference, the GLIAC is a 12-member league that includes Ferris State and Lake Superior State as members.

“The decision to suspend all sports competition this fall was extremely difficult,” GLIAC Commissioner Kris Dunbar said in a statement. “After thoroughly reviewing federal, state, and NCAA SSI (Sport Science Institute) and Board of Governor’s guidelines, it became apparent that conducting contests and championships this fall was insurmountable. My frustration and sadness for the coaches, student-athletes, families and fans is unmitigated. The league will continue to work on protocols for a safe return for our athletic programs, with the health and safety of our student-athletes and staff taking the highest priority.”