No shining moment: the ripple effect of coronavirus in college sports

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Action on the court during the Oklahoma State vs. Duquesne women's basketball game on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

March 12, 2020: the day the college sports world stood still.

Athletes all over the country had their hearts broken when the NCAA tweeted that all winter and spring championships had been canceled. 

Thousands of hours of practice won’t result in hoisting a trophy. 

It started Wednesday when the Ivy League canceled all remaining spring sports. Similar to Dwight D. Eisenhower’s domino theory, the Ivy League was the first domino to fall in college sports.

The SEC became the first Power 5 conference to suspend sports until March 29th. The Pac-12 and ACC soon followed by suspending all sports until further notice.

On Thursday afternoon, the Big 12 announced all sports would be suspended until March 29.

Within minutes, the NCAA dropped a bomb on the sports world. 

Many fans assumed the men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling tournaments would be canceled. However, nobody could’ve guessed what had happened next: all spring championships were canceled.

It's not just a few championship that were canceled. More than 15 championship were canceled, which affects thousands of athletes.

Oklahoma State was slated to host the NCAA men’s and women’s tennis tournaments in May at Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center. 

The No. 12-ranked Cowgirls boast the No. 23 and No. 49-ranked singles players as well as the No. 5 doubles tandem of Lisa Marie Rioux and Ayumi Miyamoto.

The No. 21 Cowboys have the top-rated doubles team in Matej Vocel and Dominik Kellovsky.

None of them will be able to play for a national title on their home court. All they can hope for is to bring home a Big 12 championship. Note that the NCAA tennis championships don't start for another two months.

The College Softball World Series, held in Oklahoma City, starts a month after the tennis national championships. The Cowgirls won’t have a chance to repeat its trip to the CSWS.

Similar to the men’s and women’s tennis teams and all other spring sports, Cowgirl softball can end at best with a Big 12 title. 

Will seniors receive another year of eligibility? That is unknown. 

But what is known is that in a matter of hours, the coronavirus has effectively killed college sports.

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