THE INTERNET — There have been a lot of blank looks, confused stares and unique emotions as college athletes around the country grapple with the NCAA’s decision to cancel all remaining championships through the end of the academic year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Many of them, specifically those in indoor track and field, were in the middle of the national championship — and BYU women’s track and field coach Diljeet Taylor has a message that all of them need to hear.
After her women’s team was ready to finish out its season with 13 total entries at the NCAA indoor track and field championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Taylor faced the unenviable task Thursday of telling all her athletes that the season was over.
Most of them will likely be back for a replacement season for the outdoor season, should the NCAA's move for an extension of eligibility for all spring sport athletes be formalized. It's unclear what that means for the indoor season and other winter sports, like men's and women's college basketball.
But what Taylor said during this moment of hurt, what could've been a moment of crisis, is the perfect example of coaching and leadership.
“We had a great season, and that’s what matters,” she said. “I’m proud of you guys; you fought, you guys were here for each other. And I believe you were going to do it.
“We’ve got a lot of running left to do.”
Taylor later elaborated on the Cougars’ season via Twitter.
“These women helped build something special at BYU,” Taylor said. “I’m hopefully they will stay loyal. To their dreams. #BYUrun4her also, I’m still shook. Stay healthy everyone.”