The college football season has been ransacked — as has the world — by COVID-19. Games postponed, canceled, players opting-out, coaches ill. The college football world has been turned upside-down and inside-out. It has been as weird a season on the field as there has been. Now, the powers that be have to try and figure out who is in and who is out of the College Football Playoff picture when schools have all played different amount of games.
You can bet on the college football championship!
Boise State-UNLV Canceled
Boise State at UNLV scheduled for Friday night has been canceled for COVID-19 issues.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 3, 2020
Las Vegas Bowl Canceled
ESPN has made official that the Las Vegas Bowl won't be played this year. (I haven't been including it in Bowl Projections.)
No Pac-12 vs. SEC matchup, but not much sense having a bowl in Vegas with no fans coming in.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 2, 2020
The Cancelations Continue
Sunday’s UAB at Middle Tennessee game is canceled becasue of covid issues at UAB
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 2, 2020
And Another Houston Game Is Canceled
HOUSTON 2020 SCHEDULE
Rice – CANCELED
WAZZU – CANCELED
Baylor – CANCELED
UNT – CANCELED
Memphis – RESCHEDULED
TULANE – W 49-31
BYU – L 43-26
Navy – W 27-21
UCF – L 44-21
Cincy – L 38-10
USF – W 56-21
SMU – RESCHEDULED
Tulsa – CANCELED *
SMU – CANCELED
Dec. 12: Memphis TBA
— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) December 2, 2020
Saturday’s Maryland at Michigan game canceled because of COVID issues at Michigan, sources told @Stadium. 1st report Yahoo. So if Wolverines can’t play following week vs. Ohio State, Buckeyes would be ineligible for B1G title game
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 2, 2020
ACC Makes Schedule Adjustments
Several schedule adjustments have been made, including an update to the Medical Advisory Report.
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) December 1, 2020
Ohio State Is Back at It
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 1, 2020
Sun Bowl Canceled
The Sun Bowl has been canceled this year, sources told @Stadium. Tied as 2nd-longest running bowl game behind only the Rose Bowl, the Sun Bowl had been played 86 consecutive seasons since 1935. It is 4th Pac-12 bowl canceled this year & 3rd with an ACC tie-in
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 30, 2020
Tuesday Morning Football Won’t Happen
Our Tuesday morning won't be the same. Charlotte has cancelled the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday game with Western Kentucky. It's a result of COVID testing in the Charlotte program.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 30, 2020
NEWS: Minnesota-Northwestern has been canceled, and all of Minnesota's team-related activities remain paused.
Since Nov. 19, the Minnesota football program has experienced 47 positive cases, which includes 21 student-athletes and 26 staff members.
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) November 30, 2020
USC Game Moved to Sunday
USC’s Friday game against Wazzu has been moved to Sunday (12/6) at 6pm PT on FS1.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 30, 2020
Miami-Wake Forest Already Called Off for Dec. 5
AP Source: The ACC is considering options to find a new opponent for Miami next weekend. The Hurricanes' game at Wake Forest, scheduled for Dec. 5, will not be played because of coronavirus issues in the Wake program.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 28, 2020
UTEP-Rice Is Canceled on Game Day
Today’s UTEP at Rice game has been canceled, sources told @Stadium
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 28, 2020
Today’s canceled UTEP at Rice game makes it 100 FBS games that have been postponed or canceled so far this season
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 28, 2020
Florida State Postpones Game with Virginia
Statement from Director of Athletics David Coburn on Saturday's FSU vs. Virginia postponement. https://t.co/Vz6QToxzfb
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) November 28, 2020
Ohio State Cancels Game with Illinois
Ohio State was going to be without Ryan Day for Saturday’s game with Illinois because the coach tested positive for COVID-19. The Buckeyes won’t be led by anyone else, as it was announced Friday night the school has canceled its game with the Fighting Illini because more positive COVID-19 tests have come back positive.
Ohio State officials said all football activities are on pause. Team activities will resume when its medical staff determines it is safe to do so based on protocols established by the Big Ten Conference, Ohio State said.
Middle Tennessee State-FAU Canceled
🚨 𝐌𝐓 𝐯𝐬. 𝐅𝐀𝐔 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐝 🚨
Tomorrow's game vs. FAU has been canceled due to COVID-19 issues and injuries.
— Middle Tennessee FB (@MT_FB) November 27, 2020
Pinstripe Bowl Is Canceled
Statement from the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. pic.twitter.com/OyK8lqk5Iz
— NewEraPinstripeBowl (@PinstripeBowl) November 27, 2020
USC-Colorado Canceled; Buffs to Play San Diego State
Official Statement pic.twitter.com/ER5xgURwf4
— USC Football (@USC_FB) November 27, 2020
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) November 27, 2020
With Colorado’s game vs. USC canceled, Colorado instead will host San Diego State Saturday
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 27, 2020
Oklahoma-West Virginia Postponed
And another one: Oklahoma at West Virginia game scheduled for Nov. 28 has been postponed. The game will be rescheduled on Dec. 12.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 25, 2020
Alabama’s Nick Saban Tests Positive, to Miss Iron Bowl
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time, the school announced Wednesday. The great coach will be forced to miss Saturday’s Iron Bowl rivalry with Auburn after this result.
Saban previously tested positive for COVID-19 last month but was able to coach the Crimson Tide’s win over Georgia after three consecutive days of negative tests leading up to the game led to a determination that it was a false positive.
However, because Saban is symptomatic, “this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive,” team physicians Jimmy Robinson and Jeff Allen said in a statement.
The 18 FBS coaches to reveal a positive test:
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 25, 2020
And, Voila, Utah Is Playing Washington
UPDATE: Statement below regarding newly scheduled #Pac12FB game this Saturday, Nov. 28 between Utah & Washington:
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) November 25, 2020
Utah-Arizona State Is Off
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) November 24, 2020
Wisconsin-Minnesota Goes by the Boards
Breaking: Minnesota at #Badgers is a no-go.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) November 24, 2020
Houston-Tulsa Joins Those That Won’t Be Played
Houston vs. Tulsa is postponed, school announces. Second straight game the Cougars have postponed.
— Sam Khan Jr. 😷 (@skhanjr) November 24, 2020
UAB Game Called Off
— UAB Football (@UAB_FB) November 24, 2020
Purdue Announces Star DE Tests Positive
News: Purdue announces that stud DE George Karlaftis tested positive for COVID-19 today. (Result was confirmed via PCR test.) He is currently at home in isolation.
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) November 24, 2020
SEC Announces Schedule Changes
NEWS | The Arkansas at Missouri FB game of Nov. 28 has been postponed due to positive COVID tests and contact tracing, resulting in rescheduling of games that include Vanderbilt at Missouri on Nov. 28 and the postponement of the Tenn. at Vanderbilt game. https://t.co/51ih8nl0OE
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 23, 2020
Another Game Is Canceled
BREAKING | Louisiana Tech VP and Director of Athletics Eric Wood announced that the Bulldogs football game at FIU set for Saturday has been canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Panthers program.
— LA Tech Football 🏈 (@LATechFB) November 23, 2020
How about a 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Game?
NEWS: Saturday's Charlotte-Western Kentucky game has been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. ET.
"The new game date allows the 49ers to clear COVID-19 protocols that would have prevented Charlotte from competing this Saturday."
— Chris Vannini 😷 (@ChrisVannini) November 23, 2020
Apple Cup Is Canceled … for Now
BREAKING: The Apple Cup is canceled. https://t.co/xBrxDi3SwK
— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) November 22, 2020
This will be the first year since 1944 Washington and Washington State won't play for the Apple Cup.
— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) November 22, 2020
San Diego State-Fresno State Canceled
Due to COVID-19 contact tracing within the Fresno State football program, the Bulldogs are unable to participate in the scheduled game on Nov. 27 vs. San Diego State.
Therefore, the MW is canceling the game and declaring it a no contest. There is no plan to reschedule the game. pic.twitter.com/HNoLdWLqTB
— Mountain West (@MountainWest) November 22, 2020
Another Bizarre Delay of Game
East Carolina at Temple game is delayed because a Temple player had a girlfriend who apparently just tested positive so the player was taken back to campus to receive an antigen test, source told @Stadium. If he tests positive, there’s chance game would not be played, source said
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 21, 2020
Clemson-Florda State Game Postponed
We are disappointed that we will not be able to play today’s game against Florida State. Clemson has followed all of the ACC's protocol in preparation for this game. We look ahead to returning to action next week against Pitt for Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day. https://t.co/5VJK44iOjL
— Dan Radakovich (@ClemsonDRad) November 21, 2020
AAC Announces Rescheduled Games for Rest of Season
American Athletic Conference Announces Revised Schedule for Remainder of 2020 Football Seasonhttps://t.co/5VacXepSVa
— American Football (@American_FB) November 20, 2020
Pac-12 Loses Stanford-Washington State Game
Washington State Football vs. Stanford has been cancelled.
— Washington State Athletics (@WSUCougars) November 20, 2020
Miami Coach Manny Diaz in Isolation After Positive Test
I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am currently in isolation and feeling good overall. I will continue to work with our team virtually as we prepare for our next game at Wake Forest.
— Manny Diaz (@Coach_MannyDiaz) November 20, 2020
Another Game Bites the Dust
The San Jose State vs Fresno State game has been canceled. pic.twitter.com/56TzT2uymx
— San José State Football (@SanJoseStateFB) November 20, 2020
Longtime Coach Lou Holtz Tests Positive for COVID-19
BREAKING: Lou Holtz tells me he tested positive for COVID-19. He's currently recovering, but "not a lot of energy". @abc_columbia
— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) November 19, 2020
Mike Locksley Tests Positive so Maryland-Michigan State Is Canceled
NEWS: Under the guidance and advice from university medical staff, Maryland Athletics has canceled Saturday's scheduled football game against Michigan State. The game will not be rescheduled. https://t.co/ljShMQqL2E
— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) November 19, 2020
Texas-Kansas Game Is Postponed
— 247Sports (@247Sports) November 18, 2020
More Games Are Called
The Utah State-Wyoming game has been canceled due to COVID concerns.
Wake Forest-Duke Won’t Go Saturday
An update on the Wake Forest football program:https://t.co/mRTeHkTb7R
— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) November 18, 2020
Miami Hurricanes Reschedule Several Games
Update – Miami has rescheduled three football games. More:
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 16, 2020
Unbeaten Marshall Has Game Canceled
Saturday’s Charlotte at Marshall game canceled because of COVID issues, sources told @Stadium. 7th game already postponed or canceled this week
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 17, 2020
Ole Miss-Texas A&M Joins Postponements
NEWS | The Ole Miss at Texas A&M FB game of Nov. 21 is postponed due to the continued quarantine of individuals within the Texas A&M FB program.
The action is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 16, 2020
Another Game Falls by Wayside
ULM vs. Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Nov. 21 has been canceled due to COVID-19 issues at ULM. Game was to be played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.
— FBSchedules.com (@FBSchedules) November 16, 2020
Two More Games Called Off and It Is Just Sunday
And another one: Pac-12 has cancelled the Arizona State at Colorado football game scheduled for November 21.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 15, 2020
Tuesday’s Ohio at Miami (Ohio) game canceled due to COVID issues with Ohio
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 15, 2020
How’s This for a Twist?
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) November 13, 2020
Another Game Canceled
And then there were 14 https://t.co/eYBnKx8P03
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 13, 2020
Saturday’s Utah at UCLA game is canceled. And we’re now up to 15 canceled or postponed games this weekend
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 13, 2020
Arizona State-Cal Canceled
Saturday's scheduled game at Arizona State will not be played. pic.twitter.com/0wD890lIkN
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) November 13, 2020
Georgia Tech-Pitt called Off
Pitt Football has paused all team activities due to COVID-related protocols.
The Panthers' game at Georgia Tech has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12.https://t.co/JZrmbbuj6q
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) November 12, 2020
Report: Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports Until March
Sources tell The Athletic that the Ivy League has canceled the winter sport season. Spring sports delayed until at least March
— Dana O'Neil😷 (@DanaONeilWriter) November 12, 2020
And Another Game Is Postponed
Saturday's away football game between Rice and Louisiana Tech has been postponed due to COVID-19 related issues within the LA Tech program.
— Rice Football (@RiceFootball) November 12, 2020
Oregon State Announce Positive Covid-19 Test
Oregon State football announces one COVID-19 positive. Saturday’s game at Washington still on. More to come.
— Nick Daschel (@nickdaschel) November 12, 2020
Maryland-Ohio State Canceled
Maryland-Ohio State now cancelled. https://t.co/FnWSdPd9sl
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 11, 2020
Georgia-Missouri Called Off
The Georgia-Missouri game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to positive tests, contact tracing & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the Missouri program, the SEC announced. pic.twitter.com/YnseOMym4p
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 11, 2020
Navy football's Nov. 14 game against Memphis has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases at the Naval Academy and the ensuing quarantine of student-athletes. https://t.co/qjm59h1lwB
— PressBox (@PressBoxOnline) November 10, 2020
LSU-Alabama 1 of 3 SEC Games Called Off
NEWS | The Alabama at LSU and Texas A&M at Tennessee FB games of Nov. 14 are postponed due to positive tests, contact tracing & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the LSU and A&M FB programs.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 10, 2020
CFB COVID Update:
– Total games scheduled: 360*
– Games played: 307
– Games postponed/canceled: 53
– Games impacted: 14.7%
*does not include those scheduled for this weekend
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 10, 2020
Mississippi State-Auburn Postponed
NEWS | The Auburn at Mississippi State FB game of Nov. 14 is postponed due to positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the MSU FB program.
The action is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 9, 2020
Texas A&M Shuts Down Practices
Today in the SEC: Texas A&M has paused practice activities for Monday because of couple of positive cases. LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Tigers have positive tests & players in quarantine. Arkansas coach Sam Pittman tested positive for COVID
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 9, 2020
LSU Hit with Covid-19 Outbreak
LSU is down to one scholarship quarterback — TJ Finley — and has no tight ends or long snappers.
— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) November 9, 2020
Team is very thin at defensive back and quarterback.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 9, 2020
Myles Brennan is out for the game against Alabama. There are talks of shutting him down for the season. #LSU
— Jared P. Joseph (@JaredPJoseph) November 9, 2020
Covid-19 Hits Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman tests positive for COVID. Razorbacks play at Florida Saturday. DC Barry Odom will serve as interim coach
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 9, 2020
Due to an upward trend of COVID-19 cases at the Air Force Academy and within the football program, Air Force is unable to participate in the scheduled football game on Sat., Nov. 14, at Wyoming. Therefore, the Mountain West is canceling the game and declaring it a no contest. pic.twitter.com/4LK7dYyJ3T
— Mountain West (@MountainWest) November 8, 2020
Stanford Joins the Covid-19 Positive Crew
— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) November 7, 2020
Conference USA Postpones 2 Games
Two Conference USA games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed because of COVID-19 positive tests and contact tracing protocols. Charlotte’s game at Middle Tennessee and UTSA’s visit to Rice have both been called off. In all, nine FBS games this week were either canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total to 46 since Aug. 26.
Arizona-Utah Game Canceled
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) November 6, 2020
Louisiana Tech at North Texas Called
Saturday’s Louisiana Tech at North Texas game postponed because of COVID issues at North Texas
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 5, 2020
Washington-Cal Game Is Canceled
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) November 5, 2020
Air Force-Army Game is Off
— The Gazette (@csgazette) November 5, 2020
Air Force at Army game is canceled & won’t be rescheduled, sources told @Stadium. Unknown how this will impact Commander in Chief trophy b/w Army, Air Force & Navy
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 5, 2020
FOX ‘Big Noon Kickoff’ Team Out Due to COVID-19 Protocols
NEWS: Urban Meyer, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, Brady Quinn & Rob Stone are all out this Saturday due to COVID protocols, The Post has learned.https://t.co/ysETe2FfGw
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) November 5, 2020
Breaking: Wisconsin's game vs. Purdue on Saturday will not be played and team-related activities remain paused indefinitely, the school announced.
The team first paused team activities on Oct. 28 and its scheduled game at Nebraska on Oct. 31 was cancelled. pic.twitter.com/kgYeJG4Pqr
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 3, 2020
ESPN’s Desmond Howard Battling Covid-19
Hey @CollegeGameDay fam, ICYMI I announced yesterday during my #WellnessWednesday on IG that I tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. I'm doing okay, but will be doing the show from home this Saturday. pic.twitter.com/84XbD1dJPZ
— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) October 30, 2020
Outbreak at Wisconsin Spreads
Wisconsin announces three more positive COVID cases. Brings the total to 16 active cases, including 15 since Friday’s game.
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) October 29, 2020
Wisconsin-Nebraska game Is Canceled
Breaking: The Wisconsin football team will pause all team-related activities for at least seven days due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Badgers program.
Wisconsin's game vs. Nebraska on Saturday will not be played or rescheduled. pic.twitter.com/ZeriXpDnzQ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 28, 2020
Covid-19 forces cancellation of East-West Shrine Game
The 2021 East-West Shrine Bowl — the nation's oldest college football all-star game, played since 1925 — has been canceled because of challenges presented by COVID-19.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 27, 2020
Wisconsin Loses Start QB to Covid-19
Wisconsin qb Graham Mertz has tested positive for COVID a second time (backing up the first positive) and will enter the Big Ten's 21-day protocol, a source told CBS Sports. https://t.co/pLIYcHiqde
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) October 27, 2020
Wisconsin QB Tests Positive for Covid-19
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Sources: UW could be without Mertz because of positive COVID-19 testhttps://t.co/ncOvjL2lJz
— Tom (@Haudricourt) October 25, 2020
The 2020 Holiday Bowl Has Been Canceled
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) October 22, 2020
Purdue’s Jeff Brohm Tests Positive for Covid-19
Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm has tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced.
— Dave Miller (@Miller_Dave) October 18, 2020
Florida Coach Dan Mullen Covid-19 Positive
Dan Mullen wanted 88,000 people at the Swamp for the LSU game, which was postponed until December because of Covid-19 issues with his Florida team. Now, the head coach of the Gators reported he is Covid-19 positive, too.
— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) October 17, 2020
Nick Saban Cleared to Coach Against Georgia
Breaking: Alabama coach Nick Saban has been cleared to coach in tonight's game against Georgia following a third negative COVID-19 test Saturday, the school announced. pic.twitter.com/gT5hecDdAk
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 17, 2020
Statement from the Southeastern Conference Office on Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) October 17, 2020
SEC Zaps 3 Schools for Violating Covid-19 Protocol
News: The SEC fined at least three teams for not adhering to COVID-19 protocols, sources tell @SINow: Ole Miss, A&M & Tennessee.
AD Ross Bjork confirmed to SI A&M’s fine.
Greg Sankey had sent memos to schools warning of a $100K reduction in conference revenue for non-compliance
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) October 16, 2020
Could Nick Saban Actually Coach Saturday?
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) October 16, 2020
Southern Miss at UTEP Postponed
Southern Miss at UTEP has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases in the USM football program.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) October 16, 2020
FIU has postponed its game Saturday at Charlotte due to an increase in positive COVID-19 tests within the program.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) October 16, 2020
Saturday's game vs. Cincinnati has been postponed, due to COVID-19 cases at Cincinnati and the ensuing quarantine of student-athletes.
The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 at H.A. Chapman Stadium.
— #22 Tulsa Football (@TulsaFootball) October 15, 2020
Ole Miss Dealing with Covid-19 Issue
Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed on a media session the Rebels are “having an issue” with COVID-19 amongst the roster currently. Kiffin would not get disclose the number of cases, as he doesn’t have to, but did say that they have enough players to play the game at Arkansas on Saturday, as of right now.
“For the first time we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday vs. great team.”
LSU-Florida Game Postponed Until Dec. 12
Florida AD Scott Stricklin says 18 scholarship players, 3 walk ons are positive. Add that in w/contact trace quarantines + other injured players and Gators have less than 50 scholarship players avail. Activities are paused indefinitely, game vs LSU tentatively resked for Dec. 12
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) October 14, 2020
— Crissy Froyd (@crissy_froyd) October 14, 2020
Florida Pauses Football After Covid-19 Positives
The University of Florida athletics department reported five new positive cases of COVID-19 among the Gators football team as it prepares for Saturday’s home game against LSU. This is the same school that has a coach, Dan Mullen, who is pushing to have a full house of almost 90,000 at the game.
“The University of Florida football team has experienced an increase in positive COVID tests among players this week,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, team activities are paused as of Tuesday afternoon.
“Head coach Dan Mullen has been in communication with football players and their parents, and I have had conversations with the Southeastern Conference office, last week’s opponent Texas A&M, and this week’s opponent LSU. These circumstances will be re-evaluated by UF Health and the athletic department’s sports medicine staff Wednesday.”
Massive Covid-19 Outbreak Hits Baylor
Saturday’s Oklahoma State at Baylor game moved to Dec. 12 because Baylor suspending football operations temporarily after multiple positive COVID tests
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 12, 2020
Twenty-eight players are suffering from the coronavirus as well and 14 staff members have also tested positive per the latest results. This the third game the Bears have been forced to reschedule.
Missouri-Vanderbilt Postponed Until Dec. 12
— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) October 12, 2020
Covid-19 Impacts Missouri Roster
Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz on his radio show says one positive Covid test has resulted in seven players being out for the LSU game.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 8, 2020
Baylor Halts Football Activities
Baylor stops football activities after positive coronavirus tests https://t.co/Ii3G1oAnyJ
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 8, 2020
Kansas’ Les Miles Tests Positive for COVID-19
Kansas coach Les Miles has tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced Thursday. pic.twitter.com/5X2sRHKTJV
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 8, 2020
Notre Dame Offers Troubling Covid-19 Update
September 28 – Testing Update pic.twitter.com/fubn0Dc0qD
— Notre Dame Football PR Team (@NDFootballPR) September 28, 2020
Georgia State Says Results Were Read Incorrectly
Georgia State announces the positive tests that caused the postponing of Saturday's game vs. Charlotte "turned out to be the result of errors in reading the test results." pic.twitter.com/3CFB2DXw30
— Chris Vannini 😷 (@ChrisVannini) September 27, 2020
Virginia Tech Depleted by Covid-19 Issues
Virginia Tech was without its starting quarterback, defensive coordinator, and more than two dozen others for Saturday’s home game against NC State as a result of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing, among other reasons, the school announced.
Tonight’s Unavailability Report pic.twitter.com/AvFUsAdGJJ
— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) September 26, 2020
Get Ready for Lots of MACtion
BREAKING: Mid-American Conference approves return of fall football.
The conference will play a six-game schedule starting on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and will conclude on Dec. 18 or 19 with the MAC title game.
— Seth Berry (@berry_seth14) September 25, 2020
And the Mountain West is Back, Too
Mountain West presidents & chancellors vote to play 8-game schedule, starting Oct. 24, sources told @Stadium
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 25, 2020
Report: Pac-12 to Play 7-Game Schedule Starting in November
The Pac-12 will play a seven-game conference football season beginning Nov. 6.
Pac-12 football returns: CEOs vote to restart 2020 season https://t.co/LUcOkKVcoJ
— Mercury News (@mercnews) September 24, 2020
Sources: There will be no fans at Pac-12 games this year.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 24, 2020
Ruling Puts Stop to Colorado Practices for 2 Weeks
This applies to athletics as well, so the #cubuffs will be unable to practice or workout for 2 weeks, I am told. Interesting timing with the Pac-12 possibly announcing a return to play today https://t.co/9qyldFb4YH
— Brian Howell (@BrianHowell33) September 24, 2020
Tulsa-Arkansas State Canceled
Saturday’s Tulsa at Arkansas State game has been canceled, sources confirmed to @Stadium because of COVID issues with ASU
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 23, 2020
Notre Dame-Wake Forest Rescheduled
The makeup date for Wake Forest and Notre Dame’s rescheduled football game will be Dec. 12, the ACC announced Wednesday. The game, billed as the Duke’s Mayo Kickoff Classic, was originally set to be played in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday. The game was moved to Winston-Salem when attendance was capped by the state’s coronavirus restrictions, then was postponed Tuesday after seven Notre Dame players tested positive for COVID-19. The school also announced that 13 players were in isolation.
North Texas-Houston Game Called Off
Saturday's game at Houston has been canceled. ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/Zdz1uQV8Au
— North Texas Football 😷 (@MeanGreenFB) September 23, 2020
USF Pauses Football Activity
South Florida has stopped its football activities as of Wednesday due to Covid-19 issues. The school played Notre Dame last week.
As of this morning, we are pausing on-field activities pending results of testing and contact tracing. pic.twitter.com/lmG5zSMkHL
— USF Football (@USFFootball) September 23, 2020
And now … no game
This Saturday's game at FAU has been postponed. pic.twitter.com/x5Cys8zFB2
— USF Football (@USFFootball) September 23, 2020
Report: Notre Dame-Wake Forest Postponed
Notre Dame's upcoming game on Sept. 26 against Wake Forest has been postponed.
— Notre Dame Football PR Team (@NDFootballPR) September 22, 2020
‘Gambling Night’ led to BYU players’ Covid-19 Outbreak
BYU QB Zach Wilson and some of his teammates contracted COVID-19 after they got together for a "gambling night." He said they felt symptoms for a few days and then were fine after that. #BYU #BYUFootball
— John Coon (@johncoonsports) September 21, 2020
UMass Switches Course, Will Play Football in October
The University of Massachusetts announced Monday that it intends to schedule and play a limited number of football games this fall. The decision was reached following a positive review of the football program’s stringent COVID-19 safety protocols and rigorous testing regimen, in place since players’ return to campus in June. It follows announcements from college football conferences across the country also returning to play this fall and reverses a department decision on August 11 to postpone football competition until the spring.
Big Ten Releases 2020 Football Schedule
The Big Ten Conference announced today the schedule for the 2020 football season, including an eight-game Conference-only schedule starting the weekend of October 24 plus a ninth game for all 14 teams during a newly created Big Ten Champions Week the weekend of December 19. pic.twitter.com/jaDXMhh2C8
— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) September 19, 2020
Florida State Head Coach Mike Norvell Tests Positive
Mike Norvell tests positive for COVID and won’t coach this week pic.twitter.com/HnIKyrapn7
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 19, 2020
Baylor-Houston Joins Covid-19 Postponements
Baylor-Houston Match-Up Postponed
— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) September 18, 2020
Per Baylor Athletics: This decision comes as a result of Baylor not meeting the Big 12 Conference COVID-19 game cancellation thresholds. Both Baylor and Houston have agreed to honor the future home and away schedule, as well as monitor dates for future scheduling opportunities.
Could the MAC Be the Next Conference to Return?
Maybe some #MACtion? Momentum growing in MAC to try to play in fall, sources told @Stadium. 1st report by Toledo Blade. There are several hurdles to clear, but hopes are 8-game season culminating with MAC title game Dec. 16 or 17. Unknown if all schools would play, sources said
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 17, 2020
Charlotte-North Carolina Game Canceled
Charlotte announced Thursday morning that its football game at No. 11 North Carolina, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled. Charlotte reported three positive cases of coronavirus among football players during the past two weeks. Fourteen-day quarantining of players who came into contact with those who tested positive has hit the 49ers’ offensive line especially hard.
UCLA, USC ADs Trying to Kick-Start Pac-12 Back to Football
Breaking: #USC #UCLA athletic directors join forces, get approval needed from L.A. County to begin practicing once Pac-12 signs off on return-to-play. This is big for a Halloween restart, folks.https://t.co/VGJ1ZaK6Zy
— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) September 17, 2020
Report: Mountain West Mulling Return with 8-Game Season
Mountain West “aggressively exploring” options to play 8-game fall season, culminating w/Dec. 19 MW title game, sources told @Stadium. This would allow league to be eligible for NY6 bowls. Not all schools might play w/Hawaii, Fresno & Air Force biggest unknowns for full season
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 17, 2020
Big Ten Returning to Football Oct. 24
Sources: The Big Ten is coming back and will begin the weekend of Oct. 24. It'll include daily, rapid testing as a fixture of the plan. A statement from the league is imminent.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 16, 2020
Per B1G-sources, as of now, games will be played on campus with no fans (other than families). That situation could change. Rapid testing should make 8 games in 8 weeks doable. Title game 12/19.
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) September 16, 2020
The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols and has voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020: https://t.co/b5yHShGb1D
— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) September 16, 2020
USC Players Take to, Gov. Newsom, Social Media Seeking to Play
@gavinnewsom We have sat by for two weeks watching teams across the country play the game we love safely. Most schools have a fraction of the resources that our school and conference have provided to play safely. You are the only thing holding us back. Please #LetUsPlay . pic.twitter.com/au4JZ5PNbz
— Kedon Slovis (@Kedonslovis) September 15, 2020
Ed Orgeron Says Most of LSU Players Have Caught the Virus
LSU Coach Ed Orgeron told the media Tuesday most of his players have had Covid-19. Orgeron said, as of now, the team has “about three or four guys” who have Covid-19, and the team does not have “a lot of guys in quarantine.” “I think most, not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it,” Orgeron said. “So hopefully they won’t catch it again, and hopefully they’re not out for games.”
Shocking Numbers Out of Texas Tech
According to numbers released by Texas Tech, 75 players on the football team have tested positive for COVID-19. 69 have recovered and 6 cases are active. There are currently 123 players on the team’s active roster.
Army-BYU Postponed Due to Covid Concerns with Cougars
The BYU-Army football game scheduled for Sept. 19 has been postponed. The two schools will work together to try and reschedule the contest.
— BYU Cougars PR (@BYUCougarsPR) September 12, 2020
Big Ten Vote on When to Start Football Season on Tap
Source tells @TheAthleticCFB that the Big Ten's Return to Competition Task Force's presentation is over. It went well, so league pushes forward with the process. All 14 Big Ten Chancellors and Presidents (COP/C) will meet tomorrow and could vote on return to play then.
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) September 12, 2020
5 Auburn Starters Missing Practice
Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday the Tigers had two new positive tests this week and that 10 players in total are sidelined from practice because of the coronavirus or close contact. He didn’t identify the players and declined to say if a particular position group had been hit hardest. Five of the players are among the starters.
Virginia Tech Opener Against Virginia Off Due to Covid-19
Schedule Alert 🗓
Tech’s contest vs. UVA postponed, now set to open season vs. NC State on 9/26.
— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) September 12, 2020
“After consultation with Atlantic Coast Conference officials, our counterparts at the University of Virginia, campus leadership at Virginia Tech and Dr. Mark Rogers, Chief Medical Officer for Virginia Tech Athletics, the mutual decision has been made to move the football game between Virginia Tech and Virginia at Lane Stadium to a later date stemming from COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech,” Virginia Tech said in a statement.
Also learned was at least eight of the 15 ACC football teams need to move forward with games in order for the season to continue. Anything below that threshold could lead to a postponement.
Memphis Hits Pause Button on Football
Memphis football‘s Sept. 18 game against Houston is in jeopardy of being postponed or canceled, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told the Commercial Appeal Friday, as the school announced football activities have been paused due to positive Covid-19 tests.
Lousiana Tech-Baylor Opener Postponed
— LA Tech Football 🏈 (@LATechFB) September 9, 2020
“We are incredibly disappointed to announce the postponement of our upcoming football game against Louisiana Tech,” said Baylor Director of Athletics Mack B. Rhoades. “However, in the interest of the health and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff, we are confident in this unfortunate but necessary course of action. To the Baylor and Louisiana Tech student-athletes and communities, we share in your disappointment and look ahead to resuming play.”
California Unversity of Pa. Player Dies of Covid-19 Complications at 20
California University of Pennsylvania defensive lineman and former Central Catholic standout Jamain Stephens died Tuesday “after suffering from complications of covid-19,” his former high school said in a statement.
His father Jamain Stephens, also, was an offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, drafted in the first round out of North Carolina A&T in 1996..
Oklahoma Audibles, Won’t Reveal Covid-19 Test Results
Lincoln Riley says OU won't be releasing football COVID testing data moving forward because of "competitive advantage." OU has decided to start treating these things like injuries when it comes to public disclosure.
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 8, 2020
Rice Pauses Opening of Football Practice
The Rice Athletics Department will delay the opening of football practice until late September. The Owls would have needed to begin their preseason practice schedule this weekend in advance of opening the season in early October. However, current conditions related to the infection rate in Houston forced a delay in a decision to move forward. “Our top priority is the safety of our community,” said Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard. “Rice has safely welcomed back a majority of its student body and will continue to prioritize an on-campus college experience. The very low rates of infection among our campus community are the result of a communal effort and one that requires continued vigilance and dedication. At the same time, we will continue to explore options to allow a football season to happen in 2020.”
Tulsa-Oklahoma State Game Pushed Back a Week
“The safety and health of our student-athletes is always at the core of all of our discussions and decisions. Without time to properly prepare physically we would be putting our student-athletes at a greater risk of injury,” – Dr. Gragg
— #22 Tulsa Football (@TulsaFootball) September 8, 2020
Dozens of Tennessee Players Miss Practice
Tennesee coach Jeremy Pruitt said Saturday there are seven or eight active positive coronavirus cases on the team currently. The Vols have continued to practice over the last couple of days, but because of contact tracing, 44 players did not participate. Only 30 offensive players practiced.
Coronavirus Positives Force Postponement of TCU-SMU
Statement from TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jeremiah Donati:
“We are disappointed to announce that our upcoming football game against SMU will not be played as scheduled on September 11. We have agreed with SMU to monitor dates throughout the season to potentially make up the game.
“In the course of following CDC guidelines and our aggressive testing and contact tracing strategy, we discovered that some student-athletes and support staff in our football program have tested positive for COVID-19. Those individuals were notified immediately and are currently abiding by CDC protocols.
“No one is currently facing serious health issues, and we intend to continue our enforcement of strict standards to protect the program and our community. Everyone’s health and safety remains our top priority. We share in your disappointment, but firmly believe we will be ready to resume football activities soon. We will continue to follow prevention and testing protocols and look forward to our Big 12 Conference opener against Iowa State on September 26.”
Pac-12 Commish Sees Season Starting in January or Sooner
Pac-12 commish Larry Scott tells @dpshow: “I've got a high degree of confidence that we'll be playing (football) in January. It's possible we could play sooner.”
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 4, 2020
Pac-12 Signs Deal for Rapid COVID Testing
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) September 3, 2020
Penn State Medical Expert Reveals Scary COVID News
During a State College Area school board of directors meeting on Monday night, Wayne Sebastianelli — Penn State’s director of athletic medicine — made some alarming comments about the link between COVID-19 and myocarditis, particularly in Big Ten athletes. Sebastianelli said that cardiac MRI scans revealed that approximately a third of Big Ten athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 appeared to have myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle that can be fatal if left unchecked.
“When we looked at our COVID-positive athletes, whether they were symptomatic or not, 30 to roughly 35 percent of their heart muscles (are) inflamed,” Sebastianelli said. “And we really just don’t know what to do with it right now. It’s still very early in the infection. Some of that has led to the Pac-12 and the Big Ten’s decision to sort of put a hiatus on what’s happening.”
BREAKING: #PennState's director of athletic medicine, Wayne Sebastianelli, says that cardiac MRI scans revealed that roughly 30-35 percent of Big Ten athletes who tested positive for COVID-19 appeared to have myocarditis. https://t.co/md4p1IoaLh
— Parth Upadhyaya (@pupadhyaya_) September 3, 2020
10 UCF Players Opt-Out due to COVID Concerns
UCF will be shorthanded this season. Head coach Josh Heupel announced this week 10 players have opted-out due to COVID-19 concerns. The list of opt-outs includes cornerback Tay Gowan and defensive tackle Kalia Davis, who each started nine games last season. Backup quarterback Darriel Mack Jr., who started three games in 2018 and entered the 2019 season as the projected starter before a preseason injury, also is among those opting out.
“We’ve tried to educate our guys continuously as to what the practices are,” Heupel said. “Educate them as to what we’re doing here to keep them as safe as possible. Each of these kids who chose to opt-out have different reasons behind their decisions. They’re valid, they’re real, and we support those guys and we’ll continue to help them.”
Big Ten Execs Vote to Postpone Season, Again
#B1G presidents and chancellors voted 11-3 to postpone the fall season, the league confirms in a brief responding to #Nebraska players' lawsuit. Brief also outlines that decision based on multiple medical factors applying to all 14 schools. Two groups of experts advised league.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 31, 2020
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 31, 2020
Notre Dame to Allow Limited Attendance at Home Games
— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) August 31, 2020
Report: Iowa Football Pausing Workouts After 11 Positive Tests
Per source, Iowa football is pausing workouts (likely for the rest of the week) after 11 positive COVID-19 tests on Friday.
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) August 31, 2020
And in other Iowa (State)-related COVID news:
Iowa State, located in Ames where there is a significant coronavirus outbreak right now, will allow 25k fans for its opening football game on September 12.https://t.co/6w5SMswjm4
— Caroline Cummings (@CaroRCummings) August 31, 2020
16 Auburn Player to Miss Practice Tuesday
More than 1,000 Alabama students have tested positive for COVID-19 since school started. Now comes word there is an outbreak at Auburn that will cause 16 football players to miss practice Tuesday. Nine players who have tested positive for the coronavirus and seven others are considered high risk. Head coach Gus Malzahn indicated two position groups were particularly affected. School protocols require at least 17 days before a player can return from a positive COVID-19 test, including a 10-day quarantine and a seven-day re-acclimation period before being fully cleared.
Big Ten Weighs Options for Start to Season
The Big Ten postponed its college football season and it led to a furor among players and parents. Now come reports the conference is mulling options for a college football season, including starting as soon as Thanksgiving.
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) August 28, 2020
ULM-Troy Game Postponed Until Dec. 5
Source: The game between Troy and Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 5 has been postponed. It'll be played on Dec. 5 at Troy. ULM had a significant COVID outbreak, prompting the re-scheduling.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 27, 2020
AAC Shifts College Football Schedule
The AAC has moved six conference games. Some Thursday/Friday games move to Saturday and vice-versa. pic.twitter.com/qd0IXmQ3yF
— Chris Vannini 😷 (@ChrisVannini) August 27, 2020
Nebraska Football Players Sue Big Ten
— Nebraska Cornhusker Football Parents (@ParentsNebraska) August 27, 2020
East Carolina-Marshall Game Off Due to COVID-19
ECU Athletics Director Jon Gilbert announced today the football game against Marshall on September 12 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium will be postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
— ECU Athletics (@ECUAthletics) August 27, 2020
North Carolina State Pauses Practice, Opener in Question
Breaking News: NC State could delay football season opener; sources say coronavirus cases in football program https://t.co/gbDuzE9kjD
— WRALSportsFan (@WRALSportsFan) August 25, 2020
University Louisiana Monroe Puts Football on Pause
BREAKING: @ULM_FB is pausing preseason football practice because of 34 positive Covid-19 tests between athletes and staff.
— CJ Maclin (@CJMaclinTV) August 21, 2020
5 Notre Dame Football Players Test Positive for COVID-19
August 20 – Testing Update pic.twitter.com/uoOletseBJ
— Notre Dame Football PR Team (@NDFootballPR) August 20, 2020
Georgia State QB Diagnosed With COVID-19 Related Heart Condition
Georgia State QB Mikele Colasurdo has been diagnosed with a heart condition as a result of contracting the coronavirus and won't be able to play football this season. https://t.co/ufnp42Pdvt
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) August 20, 2020
Notre Dame Hits Pause Button
Notre Dame has had an outbreak of COVID-19 on its campus since students returned. That has led to the school taking action on how students will be taught this semester. And, in bigger news, the football program and practices have been paused.
COVID-19 Outbreak Hits Appalachian State
One day after Appalachian State’s fall semester began, school reported a cluster of 11 positive COVID tests (7 football student-athletes & 4 staff members). Football practice has been suspended indefinitely
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 19, 2020
North Carolina Athletes to Stay Despite School Going Remote
— UNC Tar Heels (@GoHeels) August 17, 2020
9 Oklahoma Players Test Positive for COVID-19
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley announced Saturday nine Sooners players tested positive for COVID-19
Per Eric Bailey of the Tulsa World, an undisclosed number of Sooners players were put in isolation due to contact tracing.
“Disappointed by the news. We’ve done such a tremendous job this entire time. You know when [you] give players time, there is risk in that. … This isn’t the NBA. … We don’t have a bubble. We all have to continue to work to do a better job by all accounts. We’re still confident in the plan that we have. We reference the [month-long] success that we’ve had,” Riley told reporters, via Bailey.
NCAA Calls Off All Fall Sports … Except FBS Football
The NCAA officially cancels all its Division 1 championships.
FBS football is now the only fall sport at any level still proceeding. https://t.co/0VGzs8nKvL
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) August 13, 2020
Report: 10 Big Ten Players Suffer COVID-19 Related Heart Condition
And if you were wondering why college football in the Big Ten was postponed:
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) August 11, 2020
There Will be No Pac-12 Football Season This Fall
Pac-12 has canceled fall football season, source told @Stadium. “We’re done,” source said. Official announcement at 4:30 p.m. ET
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 11, 2020
Big Ten Canceling Fall Football, Will Eye Spring Season
Sources: Big Ten is announcing that the fall is cancelled. League will attempt to play in the spring.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 11, 2020
Mountain West Postpones 2020 Football Season
Another hour, another conference has decided not to battle COVID-19 with fall sports and its football season. The Mountain West will cancel its football season, according to multiple reports.
Update: Big Ten Presidents to Vote on College Football 2020 Season
The Big Ten's presidents are scheduled to meet again on a call at 6 o'clock ET tonight, when they'll make the final decision on the football season, per source.
— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) August 10, 2020
Big Ten to Cancel College Football 2020, Per Report
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) August 10, 2020
Update: The Free Press has updated its story to say the Big Ten “is expected” to cancel its fall football season.
Multiple Reports Indicate 2020 Season Heading to Postponement
College football usually dominates fall Saturdays. When it is atop the news on a summer Sunday amid the pandemic it can’t be good news. Multiple reports indicate Power 5 conferences are getting ready to pull the plug on fall sports in 2020. The likelihood would be a spring football season, assuming the COVID-10 pandemic is gotten under control in the USA.
Oklahoma Hits Pause Button on Practices
#Sooners briefly pausing practice due to altered season schedule.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 9, 2020
“We decided it’s best to give our players some time off,” coach Lincoln Riley said in a statement. “We were able to start camp before the vast majority of teams because our Aug. 29 season-opening game date was the earliest in the country. With that first game pushed back a week or two, it only makes sense to spread out our practices and give our guys some time away. They’ve done a great job so far.
“We’re also mindful of all the conversations across the country with regard to the 2020 season. The added benefit of temporarily breaking from training camp is that it gives us a few more days to monitor those talks.”
Riley said his players will be able to go home Sunday for several days.
Big Ten Calls off Full-Padded Practices
Big Ten Statement:https://t.co/fY7kEWFY8g
— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) August 8, 2020
MAC Cancels 2020 College Football Schedule
Huge news reported by Brett McMurphy of Stadium.com. The MAC has become the first FBS conference to cancel its 2020 fall college football season.
Huge news: Mid-American cancels fall football season because of COVID player health & safety concerns, sources told @Stadium. MAC took a huge financial hit when Power 5’s cut nonconference games & intends to try & play in spring, sources said #RIPMACtion https://t.co/V8F488nrF0
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 8, 2020
SEC Reveals Revised Schedule
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) August 7, 2020
Big Sky Plans for Spring Football
— Big Sky Football (@BigSkyFB) August 7, 2020
Report: UCLA Coach Chip Kelly Overcame Bout with COVID-19
UCLA coach Chip Kelly tested positive for coronavirus early in the pandemic https://t.co/cUlJtIHlC0
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) August 7, 2020
Purdue WR Leaving Boilermakers
Another star playing opting out https://t.co/Eti1XdVaQN
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 6, 2020
Miami Star Defensive End to Skip Season
Miami Hurricanes defensive end Gregory Rousseau is the latest college football star to opt-out for the 2020 season, head coach Manny Diaz announced Thursday.
Penn State Star Opts-Out of 2020 Season
Penn State OLB Michah Parsons, a top five prospect in @MelKiperESPN’s initial 2021 rankings, officially opted out of the college football season and will enter the 2021 NFL Draft, as @Eric_Edholm said he would.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2020
In more Nittany Lion news, the school is planning for no fans at home games in 2020 due to the pandemic.
8 UCLA Football Players Test Positive for Coronavirus
Eight UCLA football players test positive for COVID-19; Divisions II and III cancel fall sports https://t.co/4NEj6upYuh
— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) August 5, 2020
NCAA Div. II, III Fall Championships Canceled
Division III fall sports championships have been canceled for the 2020-21 season, the NCAA announced Wednesday, citing "the COVID-19 pandemic and related administrative and financial challenges." https://t.co/OYZ2i2hDdR
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) August 5, 2020
“Looking at the health and safety challenges we face this fall during this unprecedented time, we had to make this tough decision to cancel championships for fall sports this academic year in the best interest of our student-athlete and member institutions,” said Tori Murden McClure, chair of the Presidents Council and president at Spalding, in a statement. “Our Championships Committee reviewed the financial and logistical ramifications if Division III fall sports championships were conducted in the spring and found it was logistically untenable and financially prohibitive. Our Management Council reached the same conclusion.”
It was announced later in the day Div. II sports in the fall also are off.
UConn Cancels 2020 Season
The University of Connecticut became the first FBS school to cancel its college football season due to the pandemic. The decision was announced Wednesday. “After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,” athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk.”
Emotionally this stinks. But I get it with the schedule challenges and the burden placed on the players via protocol. Applaud them for making the best decision they felt for them. https://t.co/EyLWcJxXNt
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) August 5, 2020
Big Ten Announces Plans for 2020
The football schedule starts as early as the weekend of Sept. 5 with final games slated for Nov. 21 to align with academic calendars. The Big Ten Football Championship Game remains scheduled for Dec. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium, though it could be moved as late as Dec. 19. pic.twitter.com/vWp3OSifBc
— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) August 5, 2020
Minnesota Star WR Opts-Outs of 2020 season
Wishing well❤️ pic.twitter.com/fxV1FI7r7o
— Rashod Bateman (@R_bateman2) August 4, 2020
COVID-19 Outbreak Strikes Rutgers Football
The Rutgers football program is in the midst of a huge COVID-19 outbreak with 28 players with multiple staff members testing positive for the coronavirus, NJ.com reported.
SEC Decides on Conference-Only Schedule, Pushes Kickoff to Sept. 26
Huge news on the college football front. The powerhouse SEC will follow the ACC and PAC-12 and go with a conference-only schedule. That means schols will play 10 games and will start Sept. 26. The conference championship won’t take place until Dec. 19.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) July 30, 2020
UGA President Jere Morehead statement: pic.twitter.com/22D5TtUnJI
— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) July 30, 2020
NCAA Football: July 29
Report: Rutgers Outbreak Linked to Dorm Party
The COVID-19 outbreak among Rutgers football players has been linked to a dorm party, NJ.com reported:
Athletes from various Rutgers sports programs, including the football team, gathered for a recent on-campus party, two people with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday, and it has been cited by state health officials as the reason why the Scarlet Knights football team needed to halt workouts last Saturday due to a series of positive tests.
ACC Posts Schedule for Football, Fall Sports
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Tuesday it will be going forward with college football and Fall sports. The plan for football is 10 conference games and one non-conference foe. One of the bigger nuggets in the announcement is Notre Dame will be eligible to play in the ACC Championship Game in November.
The 2020 Football Schedule Model has been announced.
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) July 29, 2020
Virginia Tech star DB opts-out
Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley announced Wednesday he will forgo the 2020 college football season due to COVID-19 health concerns and instead start preparing for the NFL draft. Farley is the highest-profile college player to do so
NCAAF College Football Updates: July 15
Ivy League Bows Out
One of the first leagues to cancel all football and fall sports was the Ivy League. That includes teams like Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and Cornell. Truth be told, this won’t have any major impact on the college football season but it will have an impact on the 20-2021 college basketball season – if they aren’t participating.
NCAAF Schedule Has Been Changed
Many college football teams have already adjusted their 2020 schedules to only hold conference games in 2020. That means that we’re going to see virtually no non-conference games on the calendar. While the schedules are still being ironed out, what we do know is that the Big Ten and Pac-12 have already announced that they are only playing conference games in 2020. The Big Ten announced their conference-only model back on July 9th while the ACC and Big 12 are going to wait until late July to make their decision.
With the announcements already made, we’re going to miss out on Michigan-Washington, Ohio State Oregon and Iowa State-Iowa. We’ll see what other cancellations come up if the conference-only model takes flight across all of the conferences.
Clemson, Texas Players Test Positive
One of the teams that has been hit hard with the COVID-19 pandemic has been the Clemson Tigers. A total of 37 players have tested positive and that’s all we know about. Apparently other athletes in other Clemson sports have also been battling the pandemic too. So far, we haven’t heard of anyone really having too many problems in terms of symptoms but it’s something to keep an eye on.
Other teams have also been dealing with the virus as 13 players at Texas have tested positive, 14 at Kansas State and six at Houston. Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, Mississippi, South Florida, Iowa State, California and Oklahoma State have also all reported some positive cases.
Students On Campus?
One of the biggest questions for the 2020 season will be whether or not schools will have players on campus. We’ve been hearing this battle play out politically as it’s unclear whether or not young adults are at risk. The mortality rates for anyone under 60 are extremely low but the concern is that students can pass the virus on to others, and then the pandemic will continue to rage on. Beyond that, many teachers, professors and admin stuff are within age groups where they could be more vulnerable. That being the case, it’s hard to know what schools plan to do.
Harvard, for example, has already said that they won’t have students on campus in the fall semester. If other major colleges follow that game plan, it will be impossible for those schools to have college football teams and participate in the season.
When Will College Football Season Start?
As of now, nothing has changed with the start date of the 2020 College Football schedule. We’re going to have to see some updated schedules if more teams decide to go the conference-only route but as of now, the 2020 college football season starts on August 29th.
No. 22 Texas vs. Kansas has been postponed. Game likely rescheduled for Dec. 12, per Big 12 office.
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) November 18, 2020
— 247Sports (@247Sports) November 18, 2020