The University of Texas' football program has canceled the upcoming game against the Kansas Jayhawks citing a multitude of positive COVID-19 cases.
The program announced Thursday that the game, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12., was canceled after nine student-athletes and 13 staff members tested positive this week. They are all quarantining, along with the additional 14 student-athletes and 15 staff members who were identified in contact tracing, according to the university.
Saturday’s game at Kansas has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. https://t.co/48hMcKwuCl— Texas Football (@Texas Football)1607629763.0
The game was declared a "no contest" and therefore will not be rescheduled. The decision was made in accordance with Big 12 Conference football game interruption guidelines.
Vice President and Director of Athletics Chris Del Conte said the team will continue to monitor, perform daily tests and move forward in an abundance of caution.
"We are pausing all football team activities and shutting down football training facilities to get a COVID-19 spread among our Football program under control," Del Conte said. "We're extremely disappointed that we won't be able to play our final regular season game at Kansas this week, but look forward to returning to action for our bowl game in the coming weeks."
This game would have been the final conference game of the year for the Longhorns. The game had originally been rescheduled from Nov. 21 but had been pushed back due to Kansas' inability to meet the Big 12 requirement for players due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The first COVID cases seen this season were before the start of the week when Sunday's practice was cancled after three players and two staff members tested positive for the virus.
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