Following the lead of the NBA, Big Ten, and others, the American Athletic Conference has shut down the men’s basketball conference tournament, originally scheduled to begin today and run through March 15.
“The decision was made in consultation with the Conference’s leadership in light of recent developments regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” a statement from the league said. “This is a proactive decision to protect the safety, health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff and all involved with the tournament.”
On Wednesday, the NCAA made an announcement that their tournaments would be held without fans and at the time the AAC followed suit.
The Ivy League was among the first to cancel its conference tournament, adding that it would grant an extra year of eligibility for seniors. No word yet on if the AAC or NCAA will follow suit.
WOW! Safety First Of Course But Hearing That Just Now Hurt. Hoping Everyone Can Stay In Great Health During This Time— Christian Vital (@I_AMCV) March 12, 2020