The Latest: WVA not allowing basketball fans in December

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Photo credit Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm directs his players against Arkansas-Pine Bluff during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

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West Virginia said Tuesday that no fans will be allowed at its men’s and women’s basketball games in December, except for essential personnel and the families of players and staff, due to recent spikes of COVID-19 cases in the state.

The university initially had capped fan attendance at 20% of capacity at 14,000-seat WVU Coliseum, or around 2,800.

“To say that we are disappointed is quite an understatement, but the decision not to allow spectators in December is the correct one at this time for the safety of our fans, staff and student-athletes,” athletic director Shane Lyons said.

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The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has postponed its 2021 swimming and diving championships and canceled its 2021 indoor track and field championships.

The decision comes following Tuesday’s Council of Presidents meeting. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor says the members looked at various options for indoor track and “regrettably saw no viable option under the current circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Ensor says the conference plans to conduct its rescheduled men’s and women’s cross-country championships in March. Administrators are looking at an April date for swimming and diving.

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