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Sandy Barbour Issues Statement Following Big Ten’s Fall Sports Postponement

Penn State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour issued a statement Tuesday afternoon following the Big Ten’s postponement of all fall sports.

“We support the Big Ten’s decision to postpone fall sports,” Barbour wrote. “I know this was not an easy decision, or one taken lightly by those involved. However, it was the decision the university presidents, Commissioner Kevin Warren and the athletics directors believe was best for the long-term health and safety of our student-athletes.”

Barbour acknowledged the decision will hit student-athletes and coaches “very hard” and is “heartbroken” herself. However, she said Penn State’s student-athletes are a “resilient” bunch that will handle the decision well and “be better for it in the end.”

Barbour continued, mentioning the decision will greatly impact local businesses and communities. She called on fans to support them and student-athletes when possible. Barbour also credited the university’s medical staff for helping enforce protocols to keep players and coaches safe.

“Our student-athletes did an amazing job of following the protocols we had in place and I am so appreciative of the sacrifices they have made these last few months,” Barbour explained. “I am so proud of how they have and continue to represent Penn State.

“While this is difficult news for our student-athletes, coaches and staff in already uncertain times, I know we will get through this as a Penn State family and be better for it,” Barbour continued. “Our student-athletes will continue to perform at a high level in the classroom and in the community, while also continuing to prepare for our return to sport in the future.”

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