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Cincinnati, Tulsa postpone football game due to positive COVID-19 cases

What the Cincinnati Tulsa postponement due to a COVID-19 outbreak at UC means What the Cincinnati Tulsa postponement due to a COVID-19 outbreak at UC means
Cary Erickson | 17 October, 2020, 19:58

No. 8 Cincinnati's game at Tulsa on Saturday has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among Bearcats players. Interim Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said he was disappointed. The Bearcats-Golden Hurricane contest has been rescheduled and will now be played at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The American Athletic Conference said the game was postponed due to COVID-19 cases at Cincinnati, and student-athletes are quarantining.

UC's pandemic dashboard lists 676 positive student diagnoses since August 17, meaning the virus has been detected in about 1% of its approximately 46,000 students. The Golden Hurricane next play South Florida on October 23.

Much like Tulsa, Charlotte has to become play a house game. "As the university, the conference and the NCAA have said throughout this pandemic, the health and safety of our student-athletes are at the forefront of all decisions". The American Athletic Conference, which features Cincinnati, Tulsa and 10 other schools, also announced Thursday that it will play a conference championship on December 12 or December 19.

Cincinnati, meanwhile, is scheduled to take on SMU on October 24.

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Afterwards, FIU in Charlotte was postponed due to an increase in positive evaluations in the FIU program.

Add a top-10 team's Saturday game to the list of postponements.

Tulsa has competed only one other time since losing to Oklahoma State on September 19, as a September 26 contest against Arkansas State was called off because of coronavirus-related issues.

The SEC was rocked this week from the information which Alabama coach Nick Saban tested positive to the virus before this second-ranked Crimson Tide's showdown in the home using No. 3 Georgia.