ALABAMA ATHLETES ARE HURTING WITH SUDDEN LOSS OF SPORTS
Stopping the spread of coronavirus is more important than sports, but University of Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne said that doesn’t make the athletes feel any better about their sudden change in spring plans.
Byrne hosted a news conference Thursday, addressing the impact the coronavirus has had on his staff and student athletes who had their seasons — or in some cases their careers — cut short.
“The importance of sports is minimized during these times, but they also hurt for their kids,” Byrne said. “Coaches want to compete, kids want to compete, and to have that taken away was significant in their lives. So our focus started changing.”
Byrne said the athletics department is focused on the mental health and academic aspects for their students for the rest of the spring semester.