Undermanned TCU Forced To Bow Out, Cancelling Texas Bowl

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There will be no Texas Bowl after all. A combination of positive COVID-19 test results, contact tracing and injuries have put TCU below the Big 12 threshold for playing their game against Arkansas.

Worse, because the bowl was scheduled for Thursday evening, there’s not enough time to find another opponent for the Razorbacks.

“While we are disappointed in canceling this year’s game, we look forward to hosting both the Texas Kickoff and Texas Bowl next season,” said David Fletcher, executive director of the Texas Bowl.

TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said he was “incredibly disappointed” to have to share the news of the cancellation.

The Texas Bowl began in 2006 and pairs teams from the Big 12 (TCU) and SEC (Arkansas). Of course, TCU and Arkansas were once rivals in the old Southwestern Conference, so a lot of college football fans were looking forward to this matchup for the sake of nostalgia.

But like so many other things in 2020, it was no sure thing. And now it’s entirely off.

TCU will now conclude the season with a 6-4 record. Arkansas finishes 3-7 under first-year coach Sam Pittman, the former Georgia associated head coach.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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