AAC football teams will have to forfeit if there are not enough healthy players

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UH has had eight football games canceled or postponed by COVID-19 concerns in 2020.

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American Athletic Conference schools will have to forgo football games this season if they do not have enough healthy players due to COVID-19.

“We have decided not to reschedule games this year if a team cannot play due to COVID,” Commissioner Mike Aresco said on Wednesday. “It will be considered a forfeit.”

Aresco said the league will continue to advocate for “universal vaccination” for coaches and student athletes. Most football programs are approaching vaccination rates of “90 to 100%,” Aresco said.

The AAC will continue to test unvaccinated players. Vaccinated players are not expected to undergo weekly tests which were used last season.

In terms of timing, the University of Houston was among the hardest-hit FBS teams last season with eight games canceled or postponed.

“This year is different,” Aresco said. “The vaccinations have made a real difference. But that said, COVID is still with us and with the highly contagious Delta variant still a potentially significant issue, it is imperative to vaccinate as many of our student-athletes as possible. We want everyone to be vaccinated.

“We’re doing pretty well. We go up there in numbers. Our ability to play a full, uninterrupted season may well depend on it. ”

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