Norfolk State opts out of 2021 spring football season

Norfolk State University announced Monday that due to concerns about the health and well-being of its student-athletes, its football program is opting out of the spring competition schedule.

The Spartans will move forward with a traditional spring practice campaign next month to prepare for the 2021 fall season.

Statement from NSU Athletics Director Melody Webb
“We are disappointed that we will not be able to compete this spring. Our priority is to always provide a high-quality, holistic academic and athletic experience for all student-athletes, and delivering this news to members of our football program was difficult. Football is a high-impact sport that creates numerous challenges in carrying out a season during this pandemic. After careful consideration with members of our coaching staff, University administration and medical personnel, the health, safety and well-being of our football student-athletes prevailed as the number one factor in this decision. This decision will allow our young men to remain safe and prepare academically and athletically for the fall 2021 season.”

Statement from NSU Head Football Coach Latrell Scott
“This was a very difficult decision to make. We made the decision based on the safety and welfare of our team. With everything that is going on with the pandemic, we want to make sure that all of our decisions are student-athlete driven. We look forward to being able to compete in the MEAC next fall.”

Statement from Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, President, Norfolk State University
“Our student and employee health, safety and well-being is a primary concern at Norfolk State University. Making the decision not to compete during the spring 2021 football season was difficult, but necessary. Football is a high-impact sport which made the determination complex. The decision made by the coaching staff and the Athletic Department is one that I support. We look forward to the fall 2021 football season.”