Alcorn State University has officially opted out of the 2021 spring football season, according to multiple sources.
The news of ASU shortly emerged moments ago as the school made the announcement public on Tuesday.
“Due to concerns and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming spring football season, we have determined opting out is our best course of action,” said Athletic Director Derek Horne. “This is indeed a difficult decision, and I’m especially mindful this will be disappointing news to our student-athletes, along with our dedicated fans and supporters.
“The football program is our largest sport and involves over half our student-athletes on campus, and a decision of this magnitude is also made with the best interests of the community in mind,” added Horne. “We looked forward to defending our conference title; however, in these unprecedented times, the safety of the players, coaches, staff, and fans is our top priority.”
“Instead of preparing for spring competition, the program will move forward with traditional spring practice to prepare for fall play,” said Head Football Coach Fred McNair. “With ongoing health and safety protocols in place, the team will continue with monitored conditioning, strength training, and practices.”
Now that the Braves have opted out of the season, they will have to wait until the fall to play against rival Jackson State University, who is now coached by Deion Sanders.