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Charlotte vs. UNC canceled due to Covid-19

The intrastate battle is stopped due to an outbreak of the coronavirus amongst Charlotte players.

A general view of the Charlotte 49ers logo at midfield of McColl-Richardson Field at Jerry Richardson Stadium following the Charlotte 49ers’ football game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on November 11, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images

The Charlotte 49ers are the latest college football team to have an outbreak, and have canceled their schedule game against the North Carolina Tar Heels for this Saturday. Due to a lack of future open dates, the game won’t be rescheduled.

From Charlotte’s official release:

Charlotte announced today the football game scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, against North Carolina has been canceled. The decision was made due to the impact that contact tracing quarantine has had on a key position group. Several members of the offensive line were placed into quarantine following the University’s COVID-19 contact tracing protocols, effectively depleting that unit.

Over the past two weeks, there have been three positive cases of coronavirus in football student-athletes found through regular testing required by Conference USA. The individuals are in isolation receiving proper medical care, and all other affected individuals were notified to quarantine for 14 days by University contact tracers.

The key position group is the offensive line:

Charlotte faced Appalachian State last week and lost 35-20. UNC opened with a 31-6 win over the Syracuse Orange, and were listed as a 28-point favorite against the 49ers.

This is the fifth college football game originally scheduled for this weekend to be postponed or canceled.