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UMD AD Josh Berlo reflects on NSIC’s decision to suspend conference for rest of 2020

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DULUTH, MN-- After weeks of speculation, the NSIC finally made the decision to postpone conference sports through December 31st.

Which you can imagine was hard for everyone involved.

"Tough day certainly, anytime that there is a goal that people work for and in many cases our coaches and our student athletes this is something they decided a large portion to their lives too," said UMD athletic director Josh Berlo.

For UMD that affects football, men's & women's cross country, volleyball, and women's soccer.

But that doesn't mean they'll be empty handed come this fall.

"We're going to have activities this fall. They're going to be able to train, they're going to be able to practice and work on their skills," added Berlo.

All in preparation for a possible return to play come spring time.

"When competition does come back, hopefully sooner than later. There are some scenarios where some measure of it can happen in the spring and we're looking into that," said Berlo.

But some programs aren't out of the clear just yet, as Berlo admits the hockey schedule may see some changes.

"It's not looking great right now. I'll be honest there but both conferences have contingency plans for modified seasons and we're going to exhaust every opportunity that we can, every scenario that's out there to try and find some competition as soon as we can," added Berlo.

Berlo also said that the university has plans to honor the seniors affected by the NSIC's decision.

Neil Vierzba

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