Baylor-Houston, FAU-Ga Southern postponed day earlier than video games
By RALPH D. RUSSOAP Faculty Soccer Author
Baylor’s season opener in opposition to Houston, scheduled lower than per week in the past, was one in all two Bowl Subdivision video games postponed Friday — the day earlier than earlier than they had been speculated to play.
Florida Atlantic’s opener in opposition to Georgia Southern was postponed earlier within the day, following the outcomes of FAU’s COVID-19 testing Thursday. In each circumstances, the faculties concerned mentioned they might attempt to discover make-up dates.
The postponements illustrate the uncertainty surrounding faculty sports activities. The variety of FBS video games postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 points since Aug. 26 is 16 and the pandemic’s influence is being felt in different sports activities; one of college basketball’s premier tournaments is moving from Hawaii to North Carolina and the NCAA delayed the beginning of the basketball season to Nov. 25.
Athletes are scrambling too: Minnesota star receiver Rashod Bateman has re-joined his team after opting out of the season, and hopes to have the ability to play when the Massive Ten begins in late October. An analogous return played out earlier this week at Ohio State.
In laying aside its opener, Baylor mentioned it was unable to satisfy COVID-19 roster thresholds set by the Massive 12. The college didn’t present specifics on the gamers or positions affected by the coronavirus or the variety of gamers who had been quarantined attributable to contact tracing; on Monday, it mentioned it had six energetic circumstances throughout its athletic packages and that 23 whole circumstances had been being monitored.
Baylor is scheduled to open its Massive 12 season subsequent week in opposition to Kansas State. The Massive 12 mentioned that recreation remains to be on for now.
The Massive 12 mentioned a minimal 53-player roster is important to play a recreation, and should embody at the least seven offensive linemen, 4 defensive linemen and one quarterback.
On Friday, the Southeastern Convention launched related thresholds with one key distinction. The SEC mentioned it might solely rely scholarship gamers amongst these minimums. The Massive 12’s minimums embody walk-ons.
“We’re heartbroken from this postponement,” mentioned Dave Aranda, the previous LSU defensive coordinator nonetheless ready to make his debut as Baylor’s coach. “Whereas we’ve been desirous to play soccer this fall, we now have all made a dedication to solely achieve this with the very best degree of security and look after our student-athletes.”
The sport between Baylor and Houston was scheduled solely per week in the past after the previous Southwest Convention rivals each had their authentic openers delay due to the virus.
Baylor was speculated to play final Saturday in opposition to Louisiana Tech, which had widespread COVID-19 constructive checks.
“The lack of this recreation is a devastating blow, however within the curiosity of the well being and security of our student-athletes, we consider we made the mandatory determination,” Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades mentioned.
Houston was scheduled to play Friday night time in opposition to Memphis, however the American Athletic Convention postponed that recreation final weekend after the Tigers had quite a few gamers check constructive.
Houston has now had 4 video games postponed or canceled, together with one in opposition to Washington State initially scheduled for Sept. 12 that was misplaced when the Pac-12 initially determined to play solely convention foes. The Pac-12 subsequently postponed the autumn season altogether however is now reconsidering, with a doable late October or early November begin.
The Cougars are scheduled to play North Texas subsequent week.
“We’re extraordinarily upset for our student-athletes, coaches and employees,” Houston AD Chris Pezman mentioned. “All of them have persistently achieved the fitting factor and labored tirelessly to be ready for this recreation.”
AP Sports activities Writers Stephen Hawkins and Jim Vertuno contributed.
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