Out-of-state athletes pack bags after season cancellation

After the spring season was canceled in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, out-of-state athletes faced the decision of whether to stay in or leave Arkansas.

UCA out-of-state athletes were allowed to leave Arkansas and return to their home states due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Athletes, both in-state and out-of-state, were told they could leave campus days before the start of spring break. 

Although the athletes were told they could leave, it was not mandatory unless they lived in campus housing, and campus housing had been closed as of March 29 to the majority of students.

UCA Athletic Director Brad Teague said the students were allowed to go home for the remainder of the semester, and that training and practices have been suspended for the rest of the semester at minimum. 

Freshman guard Lewis McDaniel, from Nashville, Tennessee, said he has had mixed feelings about being back home. 

“Getting to go home has been relaxing, but I'd rather be still in Conway, honestly,” McDaniel said. 

McDaniel also said the players and coaches have not discussed anything regarding practices or training for the remaining of the semester. 

“As a team, we haven’t talked about practices for the rest of the semester. Our coaches have just been on us about keeping our grades up,” McDaniel said.

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