MORRIS ‐ The University of Minnesota Morris will postpone Cougar Athletics fall competitions in football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball, following the announcement from the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). Conference members voted to modify the timing of conference competition and championships for fall sports classified as high‐risk by the NCAA Sports Science Institute (SSI). UMN Morris hopes to pursue competition in these sports during spring semester.
Cougar men’s and women’s golf, classified as low‐risk sports by NCAA SSI, will continue to compete this fall, with conference championships conducted as planned. Men’s and women’s cross country may compete in regular season competition and conference championships as planned, provided accommodations and modifications can be made to move all regular season and conference championship events to low‐risk classification per the adjustments outlined by the NCAA SSI. Competition for golf and cross country will be limited to conference members only, per an earlier decision by the UMAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors.
The health and safety of Cougar student‐athletes, coaches, program staff, officials, and the greater Morris community has been paramount in making these difficult decisions.
Decisions regarding UMAC and Cougar winter sports including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and women’s swimming and diving will be made at a later date. Any further decisions regarding Cougar athletics in the upcoming academic year will continue to be driven by available guidance from local and state health officials and the NCAA SSI, and are subject to change.
Additional information related to UMN Morris’s COVID-19 response can be found on our Return to Campus pages or through our COVID-19 information pages. The UMAC has also provided official announcements and additional information regarding COVID-19.
For additional information about UMN Morris Cougar Athletics, visit morriscougars.com.