Delaware State University redshirt sophomore running back David Bowman was upset when he first heard that the school was suspending fall sports. But the Milford resident says he also understands that this decision is “for the best to keep everyone involved safe from the virus.”
DSU’s announcement Thursday was followed Friday by the University of Delaware saying it would suspend fall sports, too. DSU officials said they were hoping for shortened seasons in the fall if the coronavirus spread slows. UD said it hopes to have fall sports play their seasons in spring 2020.
Bowman said DSU’s Hornets haven’t had a formal team meeting since the news broke, but he has been in contact with many of his teammates. They are also upset they can’t play the game they all love, but understand the COVID-19 pandemic is bigger than football..
DSU officials took pains in their announcement to say that the affected 450 student-athletes in 18 sports will be offered “intensive opportunities to train, practice, and develop their crafts on-campus.”
In the meantime, Bowman said he and his teammates are poised to stay prepared for a possible spring season. “Me and most of the team are still training [on our own], and we’re never going to stop that,” Bowman said. “We are praying that we have a spring season.”