Will Florida Memorial COVID-19 Controversy Make HBCUs Stand Back and Stand By on Spring Sports?

The single historically Black institution bold enough to field a full slate of competitive sports in one of the nation’s most notorious COVID-19 hotspots has canceled two of its women’s sports programs amidst growing concerns of a campus virus outbreak. 

In a month where HBCUs have been praised for low numbers of COVID-19 infections and disrupted operations, Florida Memorial University is in full-blown crisis mode. More COVID-19-related communications have come out from its executive leadership in the past two weeks than in the past three months combined, following a story broken by HBCU Gameday on increasing dissatisfaction among players, coaches, and parents about the school’s handling of infections… 

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