The NCAA announced this weekend that N.C. State had been ousted from the College World Series due to a COVID-19 situation.
N.C. State, one of four teams remaining in the College World Series field, was reportedly ousted due to some positive tests and contact tracing.
The NCAA announced the official decision on Saturday. Vanderbilt has automatically advanced to the finals, where they will play Mississippi State.
“The NCAA and the committee regret that NC State’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to continue in the championship in which they earned the right to participate,” the statement read. “Because of privacy issues, we cannot provide further details.”
The NCAA’s decision is not without criticism, of course, and that criticism continued following the NCAA’s attendance tweet.
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 27, 2021
Unsurprisingly, many are criticizing the NCAA for the “tone deaf” tweet about the major attendance numbers when N.C. State was sent home.
“How tone deaf is the NCAA to tweet about attendance numbers after sending NC state home?” one fan tweeted.
“The hubris on this tweet is really something. How many of those were tested prior to entering?” another fan added.
“Probably a good idea to stop tweeting the attendance after you sent home a team for ‘health and safety protocols,’” one fan added.
N.C. State, meanwhile, says it’s heartbroken by the decision.
“The last 24 hours have been extremely difficult for everyone involved and my heart goes out to the student-athletes, coaches and staff of our baseball program,” NC State athletic director Boo Corrigan said in a statement. “The health and safety of our student-athletes and staff will always be our unwavering priority. The timing of this is simply devastating for everyone involved, but it doesn’t diminish their incredible accomplishments this season.”