Angelo State University announced today (Sept. 4) that the ASU Rams football team will play games this fall rather than delay the season until the spring semester of 2021.
The first game of the fall season will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, against West Texas A&M University at ASU’s LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field. Information on additional games will be announced as it becomes available.
The Lone Star Conference announced this morning that member universities are allowed the opportunity to choose between playing football, volleyball and soccer in the fall or in the spring. The decision is the individual choice of each institution, and will not require further conference approval. However, any institution choosing to play those sports during the fall semester will not be eligible for LSC Championship play during the spring 2021 semester.
A letter from ASU President Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. to the campus today states,
“Athletics is a significant part of the college experience and the overall wellbeing of Angelo State University. I believe successful athletic programs are a window into the university. In working closely with other university presidents and the Lone Star Conference, we have been endlessly hopeful that fall sports can take place in some form in the fall. The entire ASU leadership team has spent a tremendous amount of time and consideration of all factors involving the fall sports of football, volleyball and soccer. We have also thoroughly taken into account the rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA, State of Texas and City of San Angelo. Angelo State is committed to exercising extreme caution and staying diligent, responsible, and serious about the health and safety of our Ram Family members and campus visitors.
After great thought and deliberation on what is in the best interest of our students, athletic programs and Angelo State University as a whole, I am pleased to announce that the Rams will play football in the fall of 2020. I am confident that the Ram Family can and will protect and hold each other accountable. As I previously stated, we are committed to safety so that we can cheer on the Rams and Rambelles this fall.
ASU recognizes the impact that athletics has on the Ram Family and our students’ experience and wellbeing. The tradition of football lies deep in the hearts of many students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends, and we do not take this lightly. More details regarding game times, tickets and safety protocol will be made available to you on September 15, 2020. We will also address what will take place with our volleyball and soccer teams at that time.”