Gators react on social media to NCAA cancellations

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Senior UF softball player Kendyl Lindaman posted this picture to her Twitter account after the NCAA canceled numerous Division I championships (Photo courtesy of Lindaman's Twitter account)

As news of the NCAA’s decision to cancel numerous spring and winter championships spread like wildfire across social media, members of Florida’s 19 athletic programs couldn’t help but react in the moment to the unprecedented announcements. 

The decision, while not made lightly by any means, was tough to swallow for many Gators, especially those set to compete for postseason or conference championships 

Tre Mann, a freshman guard on the men’s basketball team, posted two simple broken-heart emoji to his Twitter account after the team’s second round match-up with Georgia was canceled just three hours prior to tip-off. 

Many others, such as former UF softball player and current student assistant coach Amanda Lorenz, posted three crying face emoji to her Twitter account after news broke that Florida’s softball season would be suspended until at least March 30. Lorenz later re-tweeted a message from Florida alum and SEC Network host Laura Rutledge. 

Kendyl Lindaman, a senior on Florida’s softball team, expressed uncertainty regarding her playing future after the championships were canceled before a decision was made regarding the regular season.

Trey Freeman, a first-team All-SEC swimmer in 2019, had a slightly more optimistic viewpoint considering he was forced to redshirt the season after undergoing knee surgery, but his thoughts were with the seniors as well. 

“I guess redshirting this year wasn’t too bad after all, but not everyone is as lucky as me,” Freeman posted to his Twitter account. “@NCAA should really consider giving athletes affected an additional year of eligibility, if they want it.”

It was a similar sentiment shared by former UF swimmer Caeleb Dressel, one of the most accomplished athletes in Florida’s history. 

Although the Florida football team will maintain a business-as-usual approach – aside from closing practices to fans – many of their public thoughts were in regards to the seniors, too. 

Carter earlier had reminded fans of their impact upon the team’s performance, saying they’ll be missed in spring but counted on come fall. 

After seeing the NBA suspend operations for at least 30 days, junior wide receiver Jacob Copeland wasn’t as optimistic about the team’s prospects, however. One thing’s for certain: the 2020 spring schedule is unprecedented.