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.
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 at UNC this Sat is canceled ... Charlotte does not have enough OL to play the game safely and because they share no common open dates it can't be rescheduled.— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) September 17, 2020
Wow. Only 1 confirmed positive out of 200 for the Charlotte football team, but contact tracing meant almost all of the OL had to go into quarantine. UNC game canceled. 49ers 100% did the right thing but it once again shows the unique challenges of playing this sport in a pandemic— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) September 17, 2020
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.