FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - The UNA Lions are being held in the den for now. The school has suspended practices until Friday, according to our news partners at the Times Daily.
The move came after several players on offense needed to go into quarantine after being exposed to the virus. UNA coach Chris Willis added that many of the players also had concerns about whether or not they’d be eligible for another season if they opted out or if the season was canceled or shortened. “We’ve listened to the players, we take everything they say to heart,” Willis said. “They’ve got some concerns … (but) there’s nothing we’re doing here that they don’t feel safe about, their COVID discussion is just overall college football in general. We were just trying to figure out a plan together ... If anybody left here (on Saturday) mad or disgruntled, they’re mad at the fact of what’s going on.”
The school released a statement on Sunday saying in part:
“With the NCAA announcement last Wednesday, other institutions canceling games, and other conferences considering a spring season, there are more questions about the 2020 season than we have answers. Our hope is to have more clarity by (Friday).”
In the mean time, the team has created a hybrid model for players who choose to continue physical conditioning in small groups until a more permanent decision is reached.
EDITOR’S NOTE: WAFF 48 incorrectly stated players walked off practice in protest on Saturday. Rather, a team meeting occurred with the team’s football leadership council, per a report from Times Daily.