TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – ISU head softball coach Mike Perniciaro says,”It’s just a weird feeling. Nobody has any answers and there’s tons of questions.”
Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales says,”This is certainly new to me.”
The MVC has canceled all intercollegiate athletics through the end of the academic year, meaning the end of sports, for now, at Indiana State.
Clinkscales says,”It all starts with the coaches. They recruited them and everything else. Our focus has been on their well-being. Not only the seniors, but the underclassmen. They are a team. I’m very thankful that we have coaches that genuinely care about their student athletes, that are invested in their student athletes, and want to see them get through this tough situation.”
Baseball wraps up the year undefeated at home, knocking off San Diego in the lone game at Bob Warn field.
Track and Field was scheduled to host the Gibson Invitational in just a few weeks.
ISU Women’s Golf will not be swinging away at the Country Club of Terre Haute.
Pads will not pop this Spring for Indiana State Football.
ISU Softball has been shut down before the Sycamores got a chance to play a home game.
Perniciaro says,”It’s frustrating and disappointing, having a meeting last Thursday with our players, we were supposed to be practicing, but we got some alerts that said hey, shut it down and it was heartbreaking to tell our players that. Lot of tears were shed. You always want your seniors to go out, having a chance to do it on the field, instead of having it taken away from them. Which of course it’s the right decision, but at the same time everybody is disappointed and frustrated, definitely uncharted territory and nobody knows what is going on.”
Now, Coach Pooch spends his time helping his players as they try to navigate through these tough times.
Perniciaro says,”Just making sure our student athletes are number one, healthy, and number two, school is still going on so try to make sure they keep up with their online courses and things like that.”
“It’s kinda frustrating as a coach, being a coach I don’t know what to tell our players because it’s not like, 20 years ago when this happened, this is how we handled it, this is just completely new for everybody.”
Brighter days are ahead for the blue and white, but for now we can only wait and hope.
Clinkscales says,”What I hope is the underclassmen can see how important it is, every practice, every game, every workout matters because you never know when it could be taken away and to our seniors, I just can’t thank them enough for all that they’ve done for this university, they have made us all very proud.”
Perniciaro says,”Now that it’s taken away, we will be able to come back and when we do comeback there will be a lot more appreciation of our opportunity to play in college and we will come back a lot stronger.”