Oregon Football has decided that there will not be a Spring Game this year due to the novel coronavirus and the safety of fans attending.
While many were hoping that the COVID-19 outbreak would be under control in time, the University of Oregon has canceled the annual Spring Game. We will have to wait to see that the Ducks have in store for the upcoming season. Who will end up as the starter after Justin Herbert’s graduation? Can Sean Dollars challenge for a starting position? What will the offensive line look like? All great questions. Oregon Athletics, like all the rest of sports, is not having practices or any team-related events through March 29th as they do their part to combat the novel coronavirus.
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There are events that happen during the Oregon Football Spring Game that day that will be missed by me personally. Honoring the military is a big part of the afternoon, and the event is the biggest fundraiser for Food For Lane County, a local Eugene area food bank. While we will miss the pomp and circumstance, the military flyovers and the flag ceremony at halftime Food For Lane County is still looking for virtual donations.
Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens was disappointed about the decision, “We certainly understand that this is necessary given the current circumstances.”
Food For Lane County is accepting donations and Oregon Community Credit Union will match the first $5000 donated. If you were planning on bringing cans to the Spring Game, you can get additional details on the Virtual Food Drive here.
The Coronavirus has canceled athletic events and professional sports across the country including the Spring Sports Calendar for the Ducks including softball, baseball, and track and field.