Xander Swain

Esports response to COVID-19

Photo by Anna Grace Askelson Amid the different responses made by the University of Montevallo, student-led and university sponsored organizations have been taking extra measures in handling the pandemic while also trying to balance involvement on campus. The Esports team is no different. Being part of the athletic department and the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), they have made adjustments to respond to COVID-19 appropriately.   Emily Dickerson, League of Legends player for Esports, social media manager and head of public relations, and Dr. Brendan Beal, the team coach, were asked how the Esports team is addressing COVID-19. Mask guidelines, as well as social distancing guidelines, are to be...

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Gulf South Conference postpones fall 2020 season

Photo by Anna Grace Askelson. Earlier this month, the Gulf South Conference Board of Directors made the decision to postpone the fall semester competition. The sports that will be postponed until at least Jan. 1 are football, soccer, volleyball, and basketball. Golf and cross country will continue to compete while following National Collegiate Athletic Association guidelines. The decision was made based on the priority of student-athletes’ health and safety and the protocols from the NCAA board of governors.   Cross country and golf have been permitted to compete, as they are considered low to medium contact risk by the NCAA. Football, soccer,...

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UM Athletic Department’s response to COVID-19

Photo by Zoe Hall Sports are some of the most cherished activities in America. As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the United States, we are consistently reminded of the possibility of sports being suspended.   With the potential suspension of sports, organizations like the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the National Football League (NFL) and countless others are aiming to make a transition to sports while maintaining the health and safety of all athletes.   Although some professional and inter-collegiate leagues have already canceled sports for the fall, this transition, has been a slow one...

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How An Extra Year of Eligibility Affects Spring Athletics

Jan. 21, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States. Feb. 19, first death reported in the United States. March 16, the University of Montevallo closes and spring break is extended. There are many reactions to the COVID-19 outbreak on Twitter and from students at Montevallo, but most of these reactions fall into three categories.   They are either about online classes, social distancing, or how the government and others are handling the pandemic. But there weren’t many reactions to how this was affecting athletics. Of course, athletics aren’t the top concern, and they shouldn’t be, but for the athletes at the University of Montevallo, they are an important concern.   Due to the pandemic, every spring sport ended early, as well as the rest of the season for any winter sports that were still playing. It affected every athlete differently: some were, for one reason or another, excited for it to end; others were devasted that they wouldn’t be able to finish their season.   When the Gulf South Conference (GSC) and the NCAA announced the official ending of our season, it was near chaos. Many athletes had different feelings about the ending, but in general, they all had questions about it. They wanted to know about eligibility; how this was going to affect standings, scholarships, and just in general what it meant for them. Most of these questions were answered...

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