The NCAA is continuing to cancel events amid the coronavirus pandemic. After announcing the cancellation of the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this week, the NCAA is set to temporarily suspend recruiting for all sports.
According to Tom VanHaaren of ESPN, the NCAA will suspend recruiting until April 15.
“Confirmed with a source the NCAA has suspended recruiting for all sports until April 15, creating another dead period,” VanHaaren wrote on Twitter. “The recruiting calendar had already been altered this year to create a dead period in February. April 15 is when the evaluation period begins for football.”
Confirmed with a source the NCAA has suspended recruiting for all sports until April 15, creating another dead period.
The recruiting calendar had already been altered this year to create a dead period in February. April 15 is when the evaluation period begins for football.
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) March 13, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation or postponing of many large events including the NCAA Tournament, Coachella, SXSW, the Winter X Games, Stagecoach, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and more. The NBA, NHL, and MLS have temporarily suspended their seasons.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in China, it has now reached many countries around the world including the United States. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.