GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. –
The announcement did not catch CMU Athletics completely off guard. Co-Athletic Director Bryan Rooks, admits, the university was expecting an announcement of a postponed fall season. But the news, fall sports in Division II, will go on without a championship calendar came to Colorado Mesa University Athletics by way of an e-mail around 2:30pm Wednesday.
Part of a press release from Division II quoted the organizations chairwoman, Sandra Jordan: ““After reviewing and discussing the Board of Governors’ directives, the Division II Presidents Council made the difficult decision that holding fall championships in any capacity was not a viable or fiscally responsible option for Division II,” She continued, “This decision was discussed very thoroughly, and I assure you, it was not made lightly. It is important to note that fall student-athletes will be given eligibility-related flexibility to allow them championship opportunities in the future. As we move forward, we will continue to focus on providing the best championships experience for our winter and spring student-athletes who were not afforded those opportunities at the beginning of this pandemic.”
The news, obviously not ideal for CMU’s first year head coach Tremaine Jackson, but he says his team is built to roll with the punches; “It’s disappointing but, we’ve still got a lot going on in our program. We’re new, we’re building a culture. We texted them the info, and our kids are still excited about the direction we’re going. They can cancel the fall championships, they can’t cancel our program and what we’ve got going and what we’re building.”
Rooks says his department has adopted an old coaching philosophy when it comes to dealing with COVID driven concerns; “We’re going to continue to control what we can control, and map out a pathway for our student athletes to be safe and healthy. And try and do some sport this fall, and ultimately walk across the stage in a couple of years.”