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Two more Conference USA games canceled due to Covid-19, brings weekend total to four

Two-thirds of the league won’t play as scheduled due to Covid-19

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders quarterback Asher O’Hara prepares to throw a pass during the college football game between the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Rice Owls on October 24, 2020 at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s time to start asking if Conference USA will be able to finish the 2020 college football season, as two more games were added to the postponed/canceled list today when both the UTSA Roadrunners vs. Rice Owls and Charlotte 49ers vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders were both canceled.

From Texas San Antonio:

“We are certainly disappointed that we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone Saturday’s game with Rice,” UTSA Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos said. “Throughout the pandemic, our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and community. We are extremely grateful to the leadership at Rice University and Conference USA for maintaining an open and understanding line of communication, and we look forward to being able to return to competition safely.”

And from Charlotte:

“We are extremely disappointed to have to postpone our game at Middle Tennessee. Our coaching staff and players were looking forward to the Conference USA matchup,” said 49ers Director of Athletics Mike Hill. “The health and safety of everyone involved, however, remains the top priority during these challenging times.”

The 49ers will work with Conference USA and Middle Tennessee in an effort to reschedule.

Charlotte might want to make the game up, but they’ve already missed one with North Carolina earlier this year, as well as a conference matchup with Georgia State on September 26th that was scrubbed.

And none of these teams are FAU, which cancels more dates than a Tinder user after the background checks comes through.

Can this league play a legitimate season and crown a champion? And at this point, should they even try?

These are questions that need to start being asked, because an inability to keep players and staff away from the virus appears to be a league-wide issue. And someone needs to start asking if the protocols for conference schools are effective enough and being followed.