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The Maryland Terrapin athletic department announced Wednesday that, due to an elevated number of COVID cases, Saturday’s home game against Ohio State has been canceled.
The school’s statement:
Maryland Football will pause all team-related activities due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Terrapin’s program,” the school announced. “The Ohio State game scheduled for Saturday, November 14 has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.”
The joint decision to pause football activities and cancel Saturday’s game was made by Director of Athletics Damon Evans and University of Maryland President Darryll Pines, following a recommendation from University health officials, and in consultation with the Big Ten Conference. Over the past seven days, eight football players have tested positive for COVID-19.
“There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” Evans said. “We realize that this news is disappointing to all of the Maryland fans out there who were looking forward to the Terps taking on an outstanding Ohio State team, but the responsible thing for us to do is pause football activities, given the number of positive cases currently in our program.”
“We’re obviously extremely disappointed that we’ll be unable to host Ohio State this Saturday,” head coach Michael Locksley said in a statement. “It was an opportunity that our team was preparing for and excited about. However, we have and always will keep our players’, coaches’ and staff’s safety at the forefront of our decision making process. We’ll continue to operate as much as we can virtually as we monitor the situation in hopes of returning to play when it’s deemed safe.”
COVID postponements and cancellations are starting to pile up across college football. LSU-Alabama, scheduled for Saturday on CBS, has been postponed, as has Tennessee-Texas A&M. Ohio State will now play a maximum of seven games if it goes the rest of the way without a cancellation.
Other games this week that have been postponed or canceled:
Georgia at Missouri
Auburn at Mississippi State
Memphis at Navy
Air Force at Wyoming
UL Monroe at Arkansas State