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Phoenix 101: How Fans Can Get Their Loyola Sports Fix

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If watching clips of cats wearing football helmets or streaming the American Cornhole League Championships (seriously?) was the “new normal” over quarantine, there are now several options for filling the ball-shaped hole in sports lovers’ hearts. Pro sports are back, baby, and boy does it feel good. But for Loyola student-athletes and fans, the Missouri Valley Conference’s decision to suspend the fall season on Aug. 14 feels like a gut punch.

After a strong fall 2019 campaign — last year’s men’s and women’s soccer teams both advanced to the NCAA Tournament and women’s volleyball finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) — athletes and coaches said they were looking forward to getting back to campus and starting their seasons strong, but said they understand the need to postpone until sports can safely resume.