More games put off as MWC plans to meet

An­other op­po­nent bails on Hous­ton

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS - FROM JOUR­NAL WIRES

On Thurs­day, pres­i­dents’ meet­ings will be held in both the Pac-12 and Moun­tain West, of which New Mex­ico is a mem­ber, with both con­fer­ences eye­ing late Oc­to­ber starts to the foot­ball sea­son af­ter ini­tially post­pon­ing all fall sports.

Mean­while on Wed­nes­day, Hous­ton had an op­po­nent post­pone or can­cel a game for the fifth time this sea­son, this time North Texas. The Cougars are still wait­ing to play their sea­son opener as COVID-19 is­sues wiped out three more ma­jor col­lege foot­ball games.

The lat­est team to bail on Hous­ton was North Texas, which said it would not be able to field a team for Satur­day’s road game af­ter four pos­i­tive tests this week. The school didn’t spec­ify an af­fected po­si­tion group or how many ad­di­tional peo­ple needed to self iso­late be­cause of con­tact trac­ing.

Tulsa’s sched­uled game at Arkansas State this week was also post­poned. Arkansas State said only that it was un­able to as­sem­ble a two-deep depth chart at an un­spec­i­fied po­si­tion.

South Florida at Florida At­lantic was the third game of the day post­poned, with USF pulling the plug. The school ini­tially said it was paus­ing foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties to do test­ing and con­tact trac­ing af­ter find­ing out that its pre­vi­ous op­po­nent, Notre Dame, was deal­ing with a COVID-19 out­break.

Like Hous­ton, Florida At­lantic has not yet played. It had to post­pone an ear­lier game against Ge­or­gia South­ern be­cause of its own out­break. Hous­ton’s lat­est frus­tra­tion was summed up nicely by wide re­ceiver Keith Corbin on Twit­ter: “Can we just play one game man?”

Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence resched­uled Notre Dame at Wake For­est for Dec. 12. The sev­enth-ranked Fight­ing Ir­ish had 13 play­ers in iso­la­tion with COVID-19 and 10 more in quar­an­tine due to con­tact trac­ing.

Wake For­est has moved its game against Camp­bell to Oct. 3. Notre Dame is go­ing to keep its open date on Oct. 3, giv­ing the Ir­ish more time to get their play­ers back.

As the num­ber of games in­volv­ing FBS teams post­poned or can­celed since Aug. 26 reached 21, an­other con­fer­ence is tak­ing steps to­ward try­ing to play fall foot­ball.

Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence univer­sity pres­i­dents are sched­uled to meet Fri­day with play­ing in the fall on the agenda, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the meet­ing told The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity. The MAC was the first FBS con­fer­ence to post­pone fall foot­ball in early Au­gust be­cause of con­cerns about play­ing through the pan­demic.

All this comes as the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence pre­pares to kick off its sea­son with seven games on Satur­day. SEC teams might play twice be­fore Hous­ton gets in its first game. The Cougars’ next sched­uled game is Oct. 8 at home against Tu­lane.

Hous­ton was sched­uled to play last Fri­day at Mem­phis, but the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence put off that game a week in ad­vance be­cause of a virus out­break among the Tigers. It was re­placed by a hastily ar­ranged re­union with for­mer South­west Con­fer­ence ri­val Bay­lor last Satur­day, but the Bears had to can­cel be­cause of mul­ti­ple pos­i­tive tests.

The Cougars were orig­i­nally sup­posed to open Sept. 3 against Rice, but that game was post­poned in Au­gust. That was af­ter a Sept. 12 game at Wash­ing­ton State was can­celed when the Pac-12 orig­i­nally de­cided not to play this fall.

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