The 2019-20 athletic season is officially over for Pac-12 schools.
Two days after announcing that all games and championship events were canceled "until further notice" due to the COVID-19, the conference ended any hope of spring sports returning to competition.
"At a meeting of the Pac-12 CEO Group and Athletic Directors earlier today, the Pac-12 made a decision to cancel all Pac-12 conference and non-conference sport competitions and Pac-12 championships through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year," the conference announced in a statement.
The decision was not a surprise, but some coaches and players were holding out hope that they could compete again during the next few months even though the NCAA announced there would be no championship events.
"While we are obviously extremely disappointed that so many of our student-athletes will not have the opportunity to compete further this academic year, the actions being taken are the correct ones from a public health standpoint to help stop the spread of COVID-19," Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens wrote in a statement. "The 2019-20 academic year has been a tremendous one for our Oregon student-athletes, who have achieved excellence in competition and in the classroom.
"More incredible moments were on the way for the Ducks in the coming weeks and months, and we are so thankful for the efforts of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans this year as well as for their patience and understanding during a difficult time. I have no doubt that next year, our programs will reach even greater heights."
On Friday, the NCAA Division I Council Committee recommended that all athletes who participate in spring sports be given an additional year of eligibility after those seasons were canceled in the middle of the schedule.
The cancellation of spring sports means that the first meet at renovated Hayward Field will be delayed because the Pac-12 track and field championships were slated for May 16-17. The next scheduled event on the calendar at Hayward Field are the OSAA track and field championships for all six classifications on May 28-30. However, prep spring sports are currently suspended through March 31.
The Pac-12 also announced that it will not allow any "organized team athletically-related activities" until at least March 29. The University of Oregon had already announced the same time frame for suspending its team activities.