What seemed inevitable in recent days is now official: The rest of the University of Missouri spring sports season has been called off.
The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday afternoon that all competition has been canceled for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, including all SEC spring championships.
The decision was made in light of continuing coronavirus concerns.
All spring football games are canceled, including the Tigers’ event under first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz that was originally scheduled for April 11 at Faurot Field.
Missouri’s pro day, which had been set for Tuesday, previously was canceled as well.
"This is a difficult day for all of us, and I am especially disappointed for our student-athletes," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "The health and well-being of our entire conference community is an ongoing priority for the SEC as we continue to monitor developments and information about the COVID-19 virus."
All athletic activities, including team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings, whether required or voluntary, remain suspended through at least April 15, the conference announced.
The league said its schools will continue to provide student-athletes with care and support to meet needs in areas including academics, medical care, mental health and wellness, nutrition and housing as needed.
The SEC has yet to make a determination on the eligibility of spring-sport seniors who lost a majority of their final collegiate seasons. The NCAA said last week it was looking into the possibility of adding a year for student-athletes impacted by the stoppage.
The NCAA previously canceled all its spring sports championships, a decision that would have stood even had Missouri and other SEC schools restarted their seasons.
Missouri baseball ends the season with an 11-5 record, winning its last seven games.
The Tigers softball team was 19-7 overall with a 3-0 record in SEC play.
"I love this team so much and can’t wait to see what they do," senior softball pitcher Eli Daniel wrote Tuesday on Twitter.
Both the baseball and softball programs faced postseason bans this spring as a result of NCAA sanctions surrounding an academic fraud case. Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk has maintained that the bans should not carry over to next year.
Other Missouri spring sports canceled include outdoor track and field, golf and tennis.
The next scheduled MU athletics event is the volleyball Black and Gold scrimmage in August.
The university has transitioned to online classes for the rest of the spring semester, with student-athletes having the option to stay on campus or move elsewhere.