On Tuesday night, Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs issued a statement regarding the announcement from the Big Ten that the 2020 Fall Sports season was officially postponed. Below is his full message to Rutgers fans and alumni:
Dear Rutgers Nation,
Today the Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of the 2020 fall sports season. This decision impacts our football, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball programs. This decision was made in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes and the broader community. The pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for our society and this outcome was always a possibility. Unfortunately, today it has become a reality.
All of us are pained for our student-athletes, coaches and staff who approach each day with a passion, dedication and determination to pursue excellence in all that they do. More than anything they want to compete. The successes of last season were poised to springboard many of our programs, while others were primed to create a new sense of excitement.
Although athletic competition will be paused for some time, I am confident that our student-athletes remain committed to achieving greatness in the classroom and leaving a lasting impact on their communities. I am proud of each of our staff members, who despite the challenges that have been presented over the past months, continue to be excited to come to work every day – albeit at times remotely. They have been exemplary in continuing the day-to-day efforts in keeping our department running and in the planning for our future in the face of uncertainty.
These accomplishments would have not been possible without the support and commitment of our entire Rutgers Athletics family. To that, I want to thank all of Rutgers Nation for your continued support of our Scarlet Knights. We are fortunate to have the most loyal fan base in all of college athletics.
We will weather the challenges ahead together, remain diligent in our pursuit of excellence and display the pride and resiliency that makes us Jersey!
Rutgers Athletic Director