The coronavirus pandemic has forced sports across the country to adjust schedules and season formats — and college football also has been hit hard.
This week alone, four SEC games involving four ranked teams — LSU-No. 1 Alabama, No. 6 Texas A&M-Tennessee, No. 11 Georgia-Missouri and No. 21 Auburn-Mississippi State — have been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
In the Big Ten, a COVID-19 outbreak at Maryland forced the cancelation of its game against No. 3 Ohio State on Wednesday. The game will not be rescheduled.
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A view of the Big Ten logo on an end zone pylon at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo: Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports)
Florida A&M Vice President/Director of Athletics Kortne Gosha confirmed that the fall sports schedule for football has been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus.
This conclusion to opt-out of the delayed fall schedule doesn't coincide with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The league is still planning to have those games for its member schools in the spring of 2021.
"Our reality is the No. 1 reason for making this decision is for the health and safety of student-athletes. You're seeing across the country even the most premier programs are being shut down or paused. It's not a situation I wanted to put our kids through," Gosha said.
"Being able to respond to these adversities, we're just not at that posture. This is very disappointing and disheartening for our kids. But this is a health decision and a financial decision. There are so many uncertainties around competing in the spring — and that's the challenge."
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