CLC AD Jim Russell Talks Decision to Cancel Basketball for Men and Women for 2020-2021
In a decision that may have seemed inevitable, Central Lakes College made the move to cancel its men’s and women’s basketball seasons due to COVID-19. While the Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Association (MCAC) still has not made an announcement about whether or not it will host winter sports, CLC has made its own decision, and there will be no basketball for the time being. We spoke with Activities Director and men’s basketball coach Jim Russell to get an insight into the season and what things could be like moving forward.
When asked about what went into the decision, Russell said that the school wanted to put the safety of the student-athletes first.
Russell talked about the conversations that were had with student-athletes who were planning on participating on these teams, and he said that they had been communicating this possibility to them since “day 1.”
Russell said that the school is still trying to accomodate these players by allowing them to use the gym where they can in what they call “lab time.”
As for the possibility that basketball could still be played, but in the spring, Russell said it’s too early to tell, especially given its designation as “high risk.”
Finally, Russell said that the school is still planning on moving forward with spring sports when that time comes and they are optimistic that they will be able to do so because they are inherently safer with regard to COVID-19 than basketball is.
We thank Russell for his time. Our full interview with him can be heard below.