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COVID-19's impact on college football schedule

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September 23, 2020

Another COVID-19 cancelation: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

      The game between Wake Forest and Notre Dame scheduled for Sept. 26 has been postponed after seven of the Fighting Irish's 94 tests on Monday returned a positive result for COVID-19, the school announced.

Notre Dame has paused all football-related activities until further testing is completed. Including those who tested positive last week, 13 student-athletes from the school are currently isolated, with 10 in quarantine.

"With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures," head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. "We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully.

"We knew COVID would present challenges throughout the season, and we'll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision making. We look forward to resuming team activities and getting back on the playing field."

The ACC announced Wednesday that the game is now scheduled to take place on Dec. 12. The conference also moved Wake Forest's matchup against Campbell from Oct. 9 to Oct. 2.

Sixteen games have been postponed/canceled since late August due to COVID-19 concerns:

NC State-VT

Marshall-ECU

ULM-Troy

SMU-TCU

Tulsa-OK St

Temple-Navy

LaTech-Baylor

Rice-Marshall

UAB-Rice

Virginia-VT

Memphis-Houston

BYU-Army

C Arkansas-Ark State

Charlotte-UNC

FAU-GSU

Baylor-Houston

Notre Dame, an independent program, temporarily joined the ACC this year as a result of a pandemic-adjusted football schedule.



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Updated September 18, 2020, 3:24 PM CT

Baylor vs Houston 'postponed'

          Baylor announced that it would not play Houston on Saturday due to COVID-19 issues.  Other games scheduled for Saturday that have been 'postponed' include BYU at Army, Charlotte at North Carolina, and Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern. They are saying postponed, but this game ain't happening. 

College football is struggling to deal with COVID-19 testing and tracing even though the Big Ten reversed course and announced this week that it will play football this year after all.

Statement from UofH:

“Baylor contacted us Friday afternoon and determined that Saturday’s game could not be played due to COVID-related issues,” UH Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said. “We’re extremely disappointed for our student-athletes, coach and staff. They all have consistently done the right thing and worked tirelessly to be prepared for this game. We appreciate their dedication to adhering to not only the American’s testing protocols, but the Big 12’s as well. With our student-athletes’ commitment to doing the right thing, we remain ready to play.

Saturday’s only game between two ranked teams, Miami at Louisville, will also be affected as at least one Miami player isn’t making the trip because of a COVID-19 issue, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

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