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NCAA Rules North Carolina State Out of College World Series

June 29, 2021
 
 

The National Collegiate Athletic Association ruled that North Carolina State University could not play against Vanderbilt University for a spot in the College World Series because some members of its team have COVID-19.

The NCAA said, "The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee has declared the Vanderbilt-NC State Men’s College World Series game scheduled for Saturday, June 26 at 1 p.m. Central time a no-contest because of COVID-19 protocols. This decision was made based on the recommendation of the Championship Medical Team and the Douglas County Health Department. As a result, Vanderbilt will advance to the CWS Finals. The NCAA and the committee regret that NC State’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to continue in the championship in which they earned the right to participate. Because of privacy issues, we cannot provide further details."

North Carolina State players criticized the decision. Matt Willadsen said on Twitter, "Will never forget this feeling. Our coaching staff deserve better. Us players deserve better. Our fans deserve better. Everyone that believed in us deserve better. We all deserve better. @NCAACWS you have ruined the biggest moment of our player’s lives so far. What a joke."

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