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ACC (Miami) just went from ‘suspending’ to ‘canceling.’ Canes want students out of dorms.

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The Atlantic Coast Conference has spoken again.

So has the University of Miami.

Late last week, the ACC, the NCAA’s league to which UM belongs, released a statement in regard to the coronavirus and COVID-19, that it had “suspended all athletic related activities including all competition, formal and organized practice, recruiting and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.”

On Tuesday the league announced it will cancel all athletic-related activities through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

Additionally, Miami announced that “the move to online instruction has been extended through the remainder of the spring semester, which will conclude on May 6,’’ and that UM “will implement partial closing of on-campus housing beginning March 25.”

“We strongly encourage all students to return to their permanent residence and not remain in on-campus housing,’’ UM said in a statement released to the school community. “Limited exceptions will be made for students unable to return home, or who cannot find housing elsewhere.’’

Even the NCAA national office announced Tuesday that “due to the evolving COVID-19 public health situation, the NCAA national office will suspend normal building operations in Indianapolis from Wednesday, March 18, through at least Friday, April 3.

“All other operations will continue as the NCAA national office staff works remotely...The length of the suspension will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.’’

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Here’s the ACC’s statement:

“Following further consultation with the league’s member institutions, and after previously suspending all athletic activities indefinitely, the ACC has made the decision to cancel all athletic related activities including all competition and practice through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

“The unanimous decision was made to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19. Each institution will continue to work in accordance with its respective university and state policies related to its individual campus decisions.”

ACC commissioner John Swofford said the ACC’s “top priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes as well as our fans, communities and the overall well-being of others during these uncharted times. We are particularly disappointed for our student-athletes and will continue to work with our membership to assess what is appropriate in the future.”

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