NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers' athletics programs have met an opponent they can't defeat: the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The Big Ten Conference announced this afternoon that it will be canceling all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year, and participation in all NCAA tournaments and competitions.
In addition, the conference has announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities for the foreseeable future.
The news came after the Scarlet Knights' Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament game with Michigan was called off just before the noon tipoff. The rest of the tournament has also been canceled.
"The Big Ten Conference will use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic," according to a statement released by the Big 10 Conference. "The main priority of the Big Ten Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus."
Rutgers officials had already taken measures with coronavirus COVID-19 in mind. The school announced Wednesday guidelines that called for banning fans from home games and matches.
No. 8 seed Rutgers was scheduled to play No. 9 seed Michigan at noon in today's first second-round Big Ten Tournament game.