Morehouse fields two fall sports teams, football and cross country. Thomas said that the school will honor all athletics scholarships for athletes impacted by the decision. The school will seek waivers to help athletes impacted by the decision to gain an extra season of eligibility. Decisions about winter and spring sports have not yet been made.
“I know this news will be most disappointing to our scholar-athletes, especially our seniors,” Thomas wrote. “I can only ask for your understanding and respect for the fact that the College is prioritizing your health and safety ahead of all else.”
Morehouse's decision comes at a time when athletic departments nationwide are continuing with plans to play fall sports schedules, notably football. Division I schools have been cleared to bring back athletes to campus for voluntary workouts, and many have reported double-digit cases of athletes testing positive for COVID-19, prompting calls for schools to suspend those activities.
Morehouse’s 2020 football schedule included home games against Edward Waters, Fort Valley and Albany State. Among the games away from campus included the annual Morehouse-Tuskegee matchup, the neighborhood rivalry matchup against Clark Atlanta and road games against West Georgia and Savannah State.