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Blugolds react to WIAC decision

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UWEC Director of Athletics Dan Schumacher answered questions Tuesday about the WIAC's decision to cancel conference competition and championships for most of its fall sports seasons.

Eau Claire (WQOW) - It's been an emotional 24 hours for Blugolds athletics.

After learning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference canceled or postponed fall sports competitions and championships on Monday, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire teams have been meeting to process the disappointing news.

Director of Athletics Dan Schumacher said Tuesday he plans to spend most of the evening holding Zoom calls with each sport to answer the questions his student-athletes will have.

"Today is just one of those days it's just not fun," he said.

Schumacher said the NCAA's recent guidelines requiring more COVID-19 testing changed the WIAC's plans for fall sports.

The resocialization plan calls for testing and results within 72 hours of competition in high contact risk sports.

UW-Eau Claire would have to conduct approximately 5,800 tests during the fall semester to remain compliant with the NCAA guidelines, Schumacher said.

Blugolds coaches notified their teams about the news Monday. Head football Coach Wesley Beschorner said his goal is to answer every question his players may have.

Head volleyball coach Kim Wudi is also tending to the well-being of her student-athletes. Though the volleyball team has not been together in person for months, she is holding Zoom calls and texting groups of players.

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