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AD says Jacks are still looking for ways to compete in low-risk sports

By Ray Hamill — Speaking to local media on Friday morning Humboldt State Athletics Director Jane Teixeira said the Jacks were left “disappointed and saddened” by Thursday’s decision by the California Collegiate Athletic Association to cancel all competitive sports for the school year.

Teixeira, however, added that the decision is in regard to conference competition only and that the HSU teams could play intra-squad or exhibition games, if they get the go-ahead from health officials at some stage.

It is the second straight year the spring sports teams have had their seasons canceled because of COVID-19.

“Of course we’re all disappointed,” she said. “This is a heavy heart, especially for our spring sports student athletes.

“We’re disappointed and saddened but moving forward.”

Teixeira said the conference did consider the possibility of going ahead with some of the lower risk sports, but that travel was a big concern.

“That was something we talked about, what sports could we do that are low risk,” she said, adding that “what it really comes down to is when you’re talking about those sports you’re also talking about travel.”

However, she did not rule out finding ways for the Jacks to compete in two low-risk sports — track and field and cross country.

“We have somethings up our sleeves,” she said.

The CCAA is the second NCAA conference in the state to cancel sports for the school year this week, following the lead of the D-III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Teixeira talked about the timing of the decision, with the spring sports still a couple of months away.

“It’s something that we wanted to make the decision on early enough but not late enough in the game where we’ve hamstrung our students and our coaches and their ability to make decisions about what they want to do moving forward,” Teixeira said.

She added that the CCAA considered four options, including schedules that would limit travel and potential partnerships with the GNAC and PacWest, two other D-II West Coast conferences.

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