The Berea College baseball team was scheduled to open the 2020 season this weekend in Tennessee against Sewanee.

The Mountaineers won't be making that trip -- or any other.

School officials announced in an e-mail on Wednesday night sent out to staff, faculty and students that Berea would not field an intercollegiate baseball team this year.

The decision appears to have been related to unspecified off-field conduct by members of the team.

"The student-athletes who represent our intercollegiate programs are representatives of Berea College," the e-mail stated. "All student-athletes are expected to abide by team, departmental and College policies that are tied to the high values arising from Berea's mission and traditions. We are committed to assuring that all of our current and future students understand the role of athletics at Berea College so that they will represent themselves, their teams and the College in a manner consistent with Berea College's Great Commitments and the expectations of Berea's Student Athlete Code of Conduct."

The players and coaches were notified of the cancelation on Wednesday evening during a meeting at the Seabury Center.

It came as shock to them.

"For the first time in my life I'm uncertain whether or not I will ever play the game I fell in love with again," Berea sophomore Bryce Wallingford said in an instagram post. "I didn't think it would happen so soon."

Wallingford's older brother, Seth, was even more upset about the decision.

"My baby brother, you don't deserve a damn thing that's happened," the Berea senior said in an instagram post. "They cheated me, which is something I can deal with. But, to see them cheat you isn't fair."

School officials would offer no additional comment when reached for comment on Thursday.

Todd Hooper, the father of freshman Peyton Hooper, told the Register that the team was planning to meet on its own on Thursday evening to discuss their options.

Several sources indicated that the cancelation might be related to criminal activities by members of the team.

However, WKYT reported on Thursday that a spokesperson for the Berea Police Department stated that there was no active investigation regarding the baseball team.

The statement from Berea College indicated that, at this point, the cancellation is just for this season.

"We have extended our apologies to the USA South Conference and other member schools impacted by this action," the statement read. "It is our earnest hope that Berea will field a baseball team next year.

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