In what is likely the last major Nittany Lion athletic event to be canceled this season due to the global Coronoavirus pandemic, Penn State has announced that the 2020 Blue-White Game has been called off. The annual scrimmage was slated to take place on April 18.
The announcement came as part of a larger announcement by the Big Ten Conference that all athletic competition throughout the league has been canceled for the remainder of the academic year.
It has been a whirlwind 24 hours for Penn State's winter and spring sports teams. The Big Ten originally planned to proceed with its men's basketball tournament in Indianapolis first with fans, than without, before calling the action off just minutes before Thursday's action. The Nittany Lions were to play Indiana at 9 p.m. tonight. The NCAA called off it's own tournament, along with all other winter and spring championships later in the day.
Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour issued the following statement:
As heartbreaking as this is for our student-athletes, coaches and staff, it is clear that the decision to suspend competition and focus on this worldwide health crisis is the only responsible action. This is an unprecedented situation and is very difficult to navigate and requires us to move forward with an abundance of caution. We are fully supportive and in agreement with the decisions today by the Big Ten and NCAA as the health and welfare of our student-athletes, staff and community is paramount. We know this announcement is disappointing for our student-athletes, and our hearts ache for their lost opportunities. However, we are committed to their continuing education, health, safety and welfare and that of our community.