SHAWNEE – The unexpected news Friday that St. Gregory's University would be shutting down at the end of this semester sent shock waves across Shawnee. The decision had an immediate impact on the athletics department though, who ceased function immediately.
“All atheletic activities are done now and all coaches and athletes are looking for a new home,” SGU Sports Informations Director Tanner Shoemaker said.
Tuesday night's women's basketball game at Langston University and volleyball season finale in an SAC playoff loss were the final games played by St. Greg's teams. The women's basketball team played the final game at the school last Friday and the Cavaleirs men took on Oklahoma Baptist for the final rivalry game between the two Shawnee schools, Thursday, November 3.
Shoemaker said that coaches have been making calls to try to find places for their athletes and that he has offered his support along with athletic director John Martin.
“All of the coaches and athletics department are putting the student athletes first,” Shoemaker said.
Coaches have already started receiving calls from teams all over the country, Shoemaker said.
When asked about the scholarships that athletes have received and whether there would be any transfer of those scholarships to other schools, Shoemaker was uncertain but said that some universities might honor those scholarships.
Right now the entire department is most concerned with getting the athletes back on track after the sudden announcement though.
“We're just trying to help the student athletes find a new place to go because this was pretty unexpected,” Shoemaker said.