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Wolf Pack reacts to Mountain West's decision to cancel fall sports season

Jay Norvell
Jay Norvell and the Wolf Pack won't play football this fall. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

The Mountain West became the second FBS conference Monday to cancel fall football with an eye toward potentially playing this spring. Along with football, women's soccer, volleyball and men's and women's cross country saw their fall seasons washed away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MW is holding out hope each of those seasons could potentially be moved to the spring as well. Here were the reactions from key Wolf Pack personnel about the MW's decision to not play sports this fall.

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"We are heart-broken that Mountain West fall sports have been indefinitely postponed. We thought we could move forward with a shortened season, but the condition of the COVID-19 virus has not made contact sports with travel to competitions advisable. The student-athletes, coaches and staff, students, and the community have lost a rite of fall to the virus." – UNR President Marc Johnson

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"The physical and mental health, safety and well-bring of our student-athletes is of the greatest importance to us. At this point in time, the Mountain West board of directors has determined that it is not possible to protect our student-athletes with what we currently know, and don't know, about the COVID-19 virus. We support this decision. My heart aches for our hundreds of student-athletes, coaches and staff who have been affected by this decision, and I share the disappointment felt by the fans in our Wolf Pack community. We have the utmost gratitude for our team physician, Dr. Tony Islas and our sports medicine professionals for their extraordinary efforts over the past few months. Our focus is to continue to work to find a path forward while supporting our student-athletes as they strive for excellence, in competition, academically and in our community." – Wolf Pack athletic director Doug Knuth

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"For our players and fans, I am disappointed we won't get the chance to see this Wolf Pack team play this fall. We know we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. These are extraordinary times, we have to remember how fortunate we are. We care deeply for our guys' safety and look forward to when we will play again." – Jay Norvell, head football coach.

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"I am disappointed for our athletes who have trained so hard this summer that there will not be a fall cross country season. With a little luck, they will be able to shine in the spring." – Kirk Elias, head cross country coach

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Along with the MW, the Mid-American Conference also has decided against playing football this fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 also are weighing their options on whether to move forward with a fall football season.

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