This ESPN First Take Youtube video entails Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, and Dan Orlovsky sharing their opinions on Morehouse College cancelling fall sports due to COVID-19 and whether this will be a trend for future schools. Smith and others discuss how smaller colleges and athletic programs are going to have to consider if the risk of these players contracting COVID-19 are greater than the amount of money brought in, which they argue it is not.
Morehouse has already announced its decision to continue virtual instruction for fall semester with hopes to switch back to in-person instruction in early 2021. The college is not the only HBCU nor private university to cancel their fall sports. Colleges such as University of Massachusetts Boston and Ivy Leagues have also canceled their fall season due to the pandemic.
Morehouse College is a private historically black men’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is one of the four HBCU’s along with Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse School of Medicine a part of the Atlanta University Center also known as the AUC. Morehouse is known for being the alma mater of various civil rights leader and successful black men such as Martin Luther King Jr. and filmmaker, Spike Lee.
The Morehouse Maroon Tigers, wearing maroon and white, compete in the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The athletic programs include football, baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, track & field, volleyball, polo, and gold. In fact, this year Morehouse became the first HBCU to accredit their polo team as a member of the United States Polo Association.