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“It’s a challenging time”: UMD athletic director talks about a world without Bulldog athletics

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Duluth, Minn. -- It's been nearly two weeks since the global pandemic we are currently in suspended all collegiate athletics… putting a halt to UMD winter postseason runs and spring sports runs as well.

"As more and more was coming out across the globe and here in the united states and hearing from their expertise. That was for me when I started to realize the drastic measures were going to happen a lot more quickly than what I and others had anticipated and I was proud of our university system our campus, our conferences for taking thoughtful approaches and having really good dialogue. As the week progress, it became pretty clear that we're going to have to make some drastic changes and that was hard because my first thought is to our athletes our student coaches and our fans. And sports and the Bulldogs is so important to those folks and it's hard."

This was a tough pill to swallow for Josh Berlo and athletics administration… but the necessary decision.

"So many times when we face challenges in society, when we face challenges in the world, sports has been a refuge and a respite for those things, it's been a force of positivity. It's been a force of a distraction and we can't be that as much or at least in the same way right now. We had some teams that were poised for some pretty impressive runs. And I look at women's basketball who just had an incredible season and was set to go on a deep run in the NCAA tournament and they were at their competition site, I think about our women's track athlete Haleigh Reindl who was also at her competition site scheduled to run the next day and of course our men's hockey program who I think were 10-2 or something down the stretch and starting to feel a little bit of that magic that they've had in this unprecedented run in the last few years, so that was hard."

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Kelly Hinseth

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