4 college football bowl games canceled due to Covid-19

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Boise State Athletics announced on Monday that it was shutting down all activities of the football team due to Covid-19 protocols. As a result, the Broncos will not compete against the Central Michigan Chippewas in the Arizona Bowl scheduled for Friday in Tucson, and the game has since been canceled, announced Monday the organizers of the match.

Boise State’s decision was made in consultation with its medical staff, in addition to campus and public health officials.

“We are thinking of the young men in our program who were eager to end their season and, for some, their football career,” Boise State athletics director Jeramiah Dickey said in a statement. “I would like to personally thank Kym Adair and his team at the Arizona Bowl for putting on a first-class student-athlete and fan experience that we are extremely disappointed to miss.”

The Central Michigan Chippewas will now play in the Sun Bowl against the Washington State Cougars. Mid-Michigan replaces the Miami Hurricanes, who pulled out of the Sun Bowl on Sunday due to Covid-19 concerns.

The Sun Bowl will be played at noon ET on Friday in El Paso, Texas.

Miami deputy director of sports Jennifer Strawley said she was “extremely disappointed” not to participate in the Sun Bowl.

“But due to the number of Covid-19 cases impacting our roster, we do not have enough student-athletes to compete safely, and the health and safety of our student-athletes will always be our concern. top priority, ”Strawley said.

Five bowl games on Monday were hit in the past week by an increase in Covid-19 cases across the United States that has also hampered professional sports, hampered vacation travel and taxed health systems.

Three other bowl games were canceled

Monday’s Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland, between Boston College and East Carolina University was canceled because Boston College did not have enough players available due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, a said athletics director Pat Kraft.

“Unfortunately, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in our schedule since our arrival, as well as end-of-season injuries, strikeouts and transfers, we just don’t have enough players to field a team, ”Kraft said. “We are disappointed that we cannot complete the season together as a team, but the health and safety of our program is our top priority.”

Having to cancel is a “terrible situation,” Bowl President and Executive Director Steve Beck said in a statement.

“We appreciate everyone who worked so hard to try to make the game happen. Of course the health and safety of the players and coaches is the top priority,” he said. “The decision not to play is understandable, but disappointing.”

The Military Bowl Parade and the Military Bowl Tailgate Festival, also scheduled for Monday, have been canceled.

The first Fenway Bowl in Boston between the University of Virginia and Southern Methodist University – scheduled for Wednesday – has also been canceled.

The University of Virginia’s number of Covid-19 cases also prevented him from safely participating in the Fenway Bowl, the school said.

The team were “extremely disappointed,” said Virginia Athletics manager Carla Williams.

“We appreciate all the hard work of our team and our coaching staff. They deserved this invitation to the bowl, and it is unfortunate that they cannot make the game to end the season,” she said. declared. “We regret the impact this has also had on our fans who were planning to attend the game as well as the SMU program and its fans.”

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All activities associated with the Fenway Bowl will no longer take place, Fenway Sports Management said.

“While we are all disappointed that the Wasabi Fenway Bowl was not played this year, we are grateful to our community partners, sponsors, volunteers and stakeholders for their hard work in bringing the varsity bowl season to Fenway Park,” said declared Fenway Sports Management. in a report. “We would like to thank the schools and the fans for their enthusiastic support. We look forward to seeing everyone at Wasabi Fenway Bowl 2022.”

The Hawaii Bowl scheduled for Christmas Eve has been canceled as the University of Hawaii withdrew due to Covid-19 concerns. Hawaii was to face the University of Memphis.

Texas A&M University announced on Wednesday that it would not be able to compete in the Gator Bowl against Wake Forest University on New Years Eve. Organizers say Rutgers University will replace Texas A&M in the game.

Correction: A the previous version of this story incorrectly said that the Sun Bowl had been called off. Washington state and bowl officials were working to find a team to replace the Miami Hurricanes in the game.

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