Penn State cancels 2020 Blue-White game
From Mirror reports
Penn State has canceled all sports for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic school year and canceled the Blue-White Game, which was scheduled to be held April 18, out of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
All athletically related activities also have been suspended by the school, which made the announcement Thursday evening.
Earlier Thursday, Penn State announced it was suspending all football-related activities, but at the time said that no final decision had been made about the Blue-White Game. Several hours later, the announcement was made about canceling the spring game.
Ohio State and Michigan announced Wednesday that they would be canceling their spring games.
“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,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a university statement. “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.”
Saint Francis University announced Thursday that it has suspended all in-season spring sport competitions until further notice. The school also will suspend all non-championship sports.
The Northeast Conference earlier had announced that it would suspend all sports conference play until at least March 29.
DUI charge for Watkins
State basketball player Mike Watkins was suspended for the team’s regular-season finale last week for violating team rules, and Thursday it became clear why.
Watkins was charged with DUI after getting stopped for speeding last Friday by State College Police, according to the Centre Daily Times.
Watkins has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 15 on one misdemeanor count of DUI and two traffic citations, the CDT reported.
Watkins missed the Nittany Lions’ game Saturday at Northwestern. He reportedly was in line to play in Thursday night’s Big Ten Tournament game against Indiana, but the tournament was canceled over coronavirus concerns.
Watkins is a senior, so he has played his final game at Penn State. His career was filled with numerous run-ins with the law and suspensions from the basketball team for various off-the-court issues.
Watkins revealed last year that he suffers from bipolar disorder and discussed his struggles and troubled past from a tough Philadelphia neighborhood during a recent episode of “The Journey” on BTN.