Urbana University's closure affects three area basketball players

URBANA, Ohio (WTVG) - The COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial stress for families, businesses, and universities. In the end, it was too much for one Ohio university to overcome.

Urbana University, a small private college near Dayton, has announced it's closing for good. Urbana had been facing enrollment issues in recent years, and now operational difficulties caused by COVID-19 has closed the doors forever.

The university had an enrollment of just under 1,400, and two of those are student-athletes with direct connections to Toledo.

Tehree Horn, from Southview, and Tayler McNeal, from St. Francis, were on the men's basketball team.

"I spent a whole year with my teammates and built relationships with people, and you won't see them," Horn, a freshman guard, said. "It's a step forward into a new journey."

McNeal, a redshirt freshman guard, said the key is to not panic.

"We have to find another path, another home for each of us," McNeal said. "Just stay calm."

Another local player, Mason Loeffler, from Evergreen, had signed to play with the Blue Knights next season.

"It's hard," he said. "I picked them because I thought it would be a good fit for me. ... There's nothing I can really do about it."