Image credit: Greg Sankey (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
On Thursday, the college baseball world was rocked by breaking news item after breaking news item as part of the fallout of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The biggest news to break was that the NCAA had canceled the 2020 College World Series as part of a decision to cancel all remaining winter and spring championship events.
The reaction to that news around the sport was swift, with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey the most prominent voice questioning the need to cancel an event so far out.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey:
More broadly, the news that hit hardest were season suspensions and cancellations from individual conferences and programs. For these players and coaches, the sudden realization that what they had been working for since last summer had been taken away was tough to take.
Oregon coach Mark Wasikowski:
Tennessee preseason All-American Alerick Soularie:
LSU catcher Saul Garza:
Michigan State coach Jake Boss, Jr.:
McNeese State coach Justin Hill:
Penn State coach Rob Cooper:
Southeastern Louisiana Athletic Director and former coach Jay Artigues:
East Carolina coach Cliff Godwin:
Georgia RHP and preseason All-American Cole Wilcox:
Cincinnati OF and preseason All-American Joey Wiemer:
Sacramento State coach Reggie Christiansen
Creighton assistant coach Connor Gandossy:
Quinnipiac coach John Delaney: