College of the Redwoods

Uncertainty surrounds CR fall sports after this week’s decision 

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By Ray Hamill — College of the Redwoods athletics could remain suspended through the fall seasons after the school announced on Tuesday it will continue with mostly online classes for the fall semester.

The news comes one day after the state’s community college chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley endorsed such a move for California’s 115 community colleges, many of which have already made the decision to so so.

All community college sports in the state are currently suspended, and this week’s news does little to suggest that might end any time soon.

No definitive decision, however, has yet been made on the fall community college sports.

“The most honest answer I have for you right now is it is still uncertain,” CR Athletic Director Bob Brown said. “We are in a holding pattern until more guidelines from health officials (and) the (California Community College Athletic Association).”

Brown added that the “fiscal budget realities of our own institution moving forward” also could affect the fall sports.

CR has six teams competing in fall sports — football, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country.

The news comes just a few days after the Corsairs graduated 41 student athletes, a number that has continued to rise in recent years.

Last week, the California State University system also made the decision to hold mostly online classes through the fall, which immediately resulted in the cancelation of all California Collegiate Athletic Association fall sports, including those at Humboldt State.

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