MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Typically this time of year, flowers bloom while boys grow into men during spring football. However, this season fields will remain vacant. ULM is just like the other program in the country. The Warhawks are grounded for the spring.
"The main thing we're concerned with right now is the safety of our players and their well being," said ULM Head Coach Matt Viator. Second thing is academics and that is something we are trying to monitor every day with classes going online and most our players not here. We are concerned about that and the rest of the time we're watching film."
Over at Warhawk field, a strange spring scene. Just a few players working out on their own. The Sun Belt Conference officially benched the Warhawks and their league foes earlier this week.
"Getting that message from the Sun Belt saying that it was all over. Devasting," one player said.
"Get it all called off is just heartbreaking, depressing and sad," another said.
The third base line will remain empty, the grills unlit. This year will be remembered as the lost season in spring sports. The Warhawks were 12-5 and were the 7th highest-scoring team in the country when the year was called off. The players firmly believe they had a chance to put their name alongside the other school greats.
"We were are rolling. And then this happened. It was like we got hit by a truck."
"Very diverse group of guys. Tough group of guys. A desire to win every day."
Meanwhile, the NCAA is considering giving seniors and an extra year of eligibility.