Yet another college football game is canceled due to Covid-19, and this time it’s an outbreak at the Naval Academy that’s keeping Midshipmen from traveling to face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane this Saturday.
TULSA, Okla. –– The American Athletic Conference has announced that Saturday’s football game between Tulsa and Navy in Annapolis, Md., has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases at the Naval Academy and the ensuing contact tracing of student-athletes.
Whereas Tulsa and Navy do not share a common open date through the rest of the 2020 season, The American will consider a number of options with regard to the playing of the contest.
This is the third time that a Tulsa game has been postponed or canceled due to COVID cases, including Arkansas State and Cincinnati.
Tulsa has incentive to play these games, as the 3-1 Golden Hurricane are 3-0 in the American Conference, and their game with the also league-undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats has already been scrubbed. The game with UC has already been rescheduled for December 5th, and might be a preview of the conference championship game as well.
Navy didn’t practice with tackling in preseason camp this year as a precaution against Covid, but have played better in recent weeks to get to 3-2 in the league and 3-4 overall.
“We are disappointed not to face Tulsa this weekend, however protocols and guidelines are very comprehensive both at the Naval Academy and within the American Athletic Conference,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk in a statement. “There are a number of medical personnel that have reviewed all the related issues and, in the end, an administrative decision has been made that clearly reflects the safety and welfare of all involved with both institutions.”