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There will be no Pacific University football this fall, but the conference hopes to reschedule postponed sports for the spring.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Pacific University receiver Ty Hargis during a Boxers game last season. Hargis led Pacific in all-purpose and receiving yards last season., Forest Grove News-Times - Sports Pacific University football prepares for opener  versus Chapman this Friday.
 Boxers young, but hungryThere will be no Boxer football this fall. Or men's and women's soccer. Or volleyball. Or women's rowing.

The Northwest Conference announced Wednesday, July 22, that they were postponing the competition in each of the five sports due to concerns surrounding the health and safety of players, staff and fans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The NWC is currently working to develop a schedule for each of the postponed sports in the spring of 2021.

Men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, and men's and women's tennis will be permitted to play this fall, and practice and other athletics-related activities for all sports are permitted in accordance with NCAA Division III rules, as well as institutional, state and local health directives.

The NWC and its member institutions will continue to monitor changing federal, state and local health directives and consult with the NWC health advisory group, the NCAA and public health officials in looking ahead to the winter sports season.

In a statement issued by Pacific University Athletic Director Keith Buckley, the first-year administrator and former head football coach said the school was feverishly at work to create a plan that best allows the safety of everyone directly involved with the school and athletic department.

"We are committed to supporting our student-athletes and their experience through these challenging times," Buckley said. "Our coaches and staff continue to work diligently in developing a plan to provide our student-athletes a safe and valuable experience both this fall, as well as into the winter/spring competition schedules."

In addition to the adjustments to the Division III sports schedule, Pacific also is canceling its pre-orientation outdoors program, Voyages, this fall, and redirecting efforts to engage students in safe activities on campus. The university also has opted to cancel in-person Homecoming events scheduled for Oct. 7-9, providing virtual activities for alumni, students, families and friends.

"These are extremely difficult decisions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe in the importance of a rich, comprehensive college experience for our students," said Pacific University President Lesley Hallick. "We are all adjusting, together, to the pandemic conditions our world is facing, and Pacific is absolutely committed to finding innovative and creative ways to advance our students' educational experiences in these challenging times."

Pacific University is working to plan for the safe reopening of its campuses this fall.

Reopening plans include physical distancing in classrooms and common spaces, requirements for face masks and self-monitoring, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting. Many academic programs, including the undergraduate programs on the Forest Grove Campus, as part of a hybrid model combining in-person and online courses and prioritizing flexibility. Residence halls will reopen with precautions to protect students' health and safety.


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