Area Sports Notes: Lee fall sports teams will have delayed start to practices, games

The Gulf South Conference recently voted to delay the start of fall semester sports competition amid the COVID-19 pandemic to either the last week of September or the first week of October, and that includes Lee University, which competes in men's and women's cross country, golf and soccer events as well as women's volleyball during the first half of the academic year. "The safety and welfare of our student-athletes, coaches and staff are our top priorities. With an uptick of COVID-19 and after reviewing recommendations from the NCAA Sport Science Institute, I believe this is the right decision by our conference," Lee athletic director Larry Carpenter said in a school release. "I commend our presidents for making this decision and look forward to resuming competition later in the fall."