Events all around the world have been cancelled since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. The National Collegiate Athletic Association championship games are following this trend.
Ferris’ basketball season will end due to the NCAA’s decision on Thursday, Mar. 12. The season ends as both the men and women’s basketball team were looking forward to postseason action.
Freshman point guard Jeremiah Washington said the cancellation is heartbreaking. The team was ready to compete for another championship run. The teams had already known that a limited amount of fans would attend the games but now they are facing the fact that the season has ended. Head Coach Andy Bronkema agrees with Washington but added that the team can’t worry about what they can’t control.
“I honestly wanted to do my seniors a favor and win them another championship on their way out because they have been nothing but good to me and have brought me into this program with open arms,” Washington said. “I look at all three seniors as brothers and this moment feels unreal because we as a team, we were pretty prepared and ready to compete to our full potential.”
The decision to cancel these tournaments came from the NCAA president, Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors. The NCAA made this decision in order to keep fans safe and to keep their events from spreading the pandemic.
In addition to the end of the season, Ferris will be moving to remote learning delivery methods until March 27 with a possible extension if necessary. The university will work to assist those in need.