No stats were given as to the number of positive tests or contact tracing quarantines that are making this game not possible in the statement released by the Panthers.
PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh football program has paused all team activities due to COVID-related protocols. As a result, the Panthers’ game at Georgia Tech scheduled for this Saturday, November 14, has been postponed until Saturday, December 12.
”We are fortunate to have an outstanding group of doctors and medical professionals providing us daily consultation in this challenging environment,” Director of Athletics Heather Lyke said. “Following their recommendation, our football program will pause all activities. Our protocols have prepared us to anticipate and manage these circumstances. Our top priority will always be the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff.”
”While I know our team was excited and prepared to play a game on Saturday, this is the right and responsible decision for our student-athletes and staff,” Coach Pat Narduzzi said. “We have great doctors at Pitt and they have given us the very best guidance throughout this entire pandemic. Our team knows we’ve had to be agile this year. We will continue to assemble virtually until we’re given the green light.”
If you’re counting, that’s eight games this weekend that have been postponed or canceled due to Covid-19. Pitt is 4-4 this season, but remember you don’t have to be a .500 team to make a bowl game in 2020. Georgia Tech is 2-5, with wins over a terrible Florida State team and a merely bad Louisville.
A serious question: Do we really need to play this game in a month? Besides the sweet TV revenue that comes from inventory, what purpose would playing this game serve exactly?
The Panthers were a 6.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook before the cancelation.