U Athletics suspending practices indefinitely amid coronavirus concerns

In alignment with Pac-12 Conference members, all Utah Athletics team practices and organized athletic activities will be suspended for an indefinite period of time in the best interests of the health of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, in an attempt to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

The decision follows yesterday’s cancellation of all intercollegiate athletics competitions by the Pac-12, Utah Athletics and other athletics organizations. The University of Utah announced March 12 it will transition to online instruction beginning March 18. More information can be found on the university’s COVID-19 website.

Utah’s football spring practices, which began March 2, will not resume.

“We understand the seriousness of this worldwide pandemic and support every measure being taken in the interests of public health and safety,” said Mark Harlan, director of Athletics. “I also want to acknowledge the extreme disappointment our student-athletes are experiencing as they adjust to the finality of this on so many levels. We share in their sense of loss and will continue to support them in every way through this difficult time while giving them the freedom to make the safest and healthiest decisions for them.”

The most important priority of Utah Athletics is to safeguard the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans and media. We will continue to monitor all new developments and remain in regular communication with University leadership as we employ the most responsible and cautious approach in alignment with recommendations from state and local health officials.

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