Cincinnati Bearcats-Tulsa Golden Hurricane postponed soccer sport canceled as a consequence of coronavirus
The regular season finale between Cincinnati and Tulsa has been canceled due to ongoing coronavirus problems with the Bearcats’ soccer program, the American Athletic Conference announced on Tuesday.
The two teams are expected to meet in the American conference championship game on December 19th.
This is the second time the Tulsa-Cincinnati regular season game has been played this season. The originally scheduled game was scheduled for October 17th but has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases in Cincinnati. The makeup date was scheduled for this Saturday.
Cincinnati, the top-ranked team in Group 5 in the last College Football Playoff rankings, ranked 7th, have not played since beating UCF on November 21.
“Like so much in our country, the Bearcats football program has been looking at rising cases of COVID-19 for the past few weeks,” Cincinnati sporting director John Cunningham said in a statement. “Since returning from Orlando on November 21, 2020, we have had an increased number of positive results from our athletes, coaches and staff. Fortunately, we have had very few symptomatic cases and those who showed symptoms seem to be doing well.
“This week we began a slow, measured return to activity, aware of the importance of monitoring our student athletes who return from training after a break. If we are selected to host the AAC championship game on December 19th, We have requested a derogation from the state of Ohio to allow a limited number of fans in the stadium. We look forward to continuing our season on Saturday December 19th. “
Tulsa had eight match dates affected by COVID-19 this season. In addition to Cincinnati (two game dates), Oklahoma State, Arkansas State, Navy and Houston games have been postponed or canceled. The OSU and Navy games were played at later times, and the regular season matchups against Arkansas State, Houston and Cincinnati were not played. The games in Toledo and Northwestern State were canceled ahead of the season.
“It’s disappointing to our football team and our fans that we won’t have the opportunity to play the last home game of the season on Senior Day,” said Rick Dickson, Tulsa’s director of athletics, in a statement.
“The hard work and dedication and difficulty our student athletes have faced this year shows their character and desire to keep playing football. They and the coaching team put themselves in a position to compete for a conference championship fight Now turn to this title game. “