Langston University has joined Morehouse and the Ivy League by shutting down fall sports.
Langston University plays in the Sooner Athletic Conference and is part of the NAIA.
A statement from the school was posted yesterday:
Yesterday evening, my administration team along with head coaches of fall sports held a meeting with President Smith and our Emergency Leadership Team to discuss the path forward for Langston University Athletics. After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to suspend athletics for the Fall 2020 semester due to safety concerns with the ongoing pandemic.
The official announcement went out earlier this morning on our social media outlets and via campus email. We did not make this decision lightly, but know that it is in the best interest of our student athletes. The health and safety of our student athletes is truly our top priority. My staff and I stand by this decision and are ready to support our Lions.
Our student athletes will still be allowed to participate in skill development sessions, strength and conditioning training and practices which encompass ten or less people and adhere to the recommended CDC guidelines. All athletic scholarship offers finalized as of July 2, 2020 will be honored for the Fall 2020 semester. My coaches and I met by conference call this morning and we are diligently focusing on ideas that will give our student athletes a dynamic experience with the hope that this aggressive measure will put us in the best position to resume sports in the spring. I assure you, these Lions will be prepared to hunt again!
This is another crushing blow to HBCU football as well as college football as a whole.