2 more college football games canceled due to Covid-19
The Annapolis, Md., Military Bowl, featuring Boston College and East Carolina University, will not be played on Monday, officials said. The first Fenway Bowl in Boston between the University of Virginia and Southern Methodist University, which had been set for Wednesday, will not be either.
The Sun Bowl is scheduled for Friday in El Paso, Texas.
Boston College did not have enough players available due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, athletics director Pat Kraft said.
“Unfortunately, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in our schedule since our arrival, as well as end-of-season injuries, strikeouts and transfers, we just don’t have enough players to field a team, ”Kraft said. “We are disappointed that we cannot complete the season together as a team, but the health and safety of our program is our top priority.”
Having to cancel is a “terrible situation,” Bowl President and Executive Director Steve Beck said in a statement.
“We appreciate everyone who worked so hard to try to make the game happen. Of course the health and safety of the players and coaches is the top priority,” he said. “The decision not to play is understandable, but disappointing.”
The Military Bowl Parade and the Military Bowl Tailgate Festival, scheduled for Monday morning, are also canceled.
The University of Virginia team’s number of Covid-19 cases also prevented him from safely participating in the Fenway Bowl in Boston, he said.
The team were “extremely disappointed,” said Virginia Athletics manager Carla Williams.
“We appreciate all the hard work of our team and our coaching staff. They deserved this invitation to the bowl, and it is unfortunate that they cannot make the game to end the season,” she said. declared. “We regret the impact this has also had on our fans who were planning to attend the game as well as the SMU program and its fans.”
All activities associated with the Fenway Bowl will no longer take place, Fenway Sports Management said.
“While we are all disappointed that the Wasabi Fenway Bowl was not played this year, we are grateful to our community partners, sponsors, volunteers and stakeholders for their hard work in bringing the varsity bowl season to Fenway Park,” said declared Fenway Sports Management. in a report. “We would like to thank the schools and the fans for their enthusiastic support. We look forward to seeing everyone at Wasabi Fenway Bowl 2022.”
Miami deputy athletics director Jennifer Strawley echoed statements from other teams, saying she was “extremely disappointed” not to participate in the Sun Bowl.
“But due to the number of Covid-19 cases impacting our roster, we do not have enough student-athletes to compete safely, and the health and safety of our student-athletes will always be our concern. top priority, ”Strawley said.
The coronavirus has now impacted five bowl games.
The Hawaii Bowl scheduled for Christmas Eve has been canceled as the University of Hawaii withdrew due to Covid-19 concerns. Hawaii was to face the University of Memphis.
Texas A&M University announced on Wednesday that it would not be able to compete in the Gator Bowl against Wake Forest University on New Years Eve. Rutgers University will replace Texas A&M in the game.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that the Sun Bowl had been called off. Washington state and bowl officials are scrambling to find a team to replace the Miami Hurricanes in the game.