COVID-19 FALLOUT: Texas Bowl canceled featuring Arkansas vs. TCU
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KY3) - The Arkansas Razorbacks must wait another year to play a bowl game.
Mercari Texas Bowl officials announced the cancelation of its game for Thursday after a rash of COVID-19 cases among players at Texas Christian University, the Hogs opponent. The game was scheduled to kick at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
“We are very disappointed not to get the opportunity to compete again as a team. We were excited and wanted to go play TCU in the Texas Bowl, but we certainly understand the issues in the TCU program,” said Arkansas Head Coach Sam Pittman. “We had no positive tests from yesterday and were ready to go to Houston this afternoon with a healthy team. Our team and our student-athletes have sacrificed a lot over the last several months, including over the holidays, so this is a tough way to end our season. I’m so proud of our team for fighting and handling themselves through adversity all year.”
University of Arkansas officials say they are disappointed, but understand the caution in what has been the craziest college football season in history.
“We are disappointed that our student-athletes will not have an opportunity to compete against TCU in the Mercari Texas Bowl,” said Arkansas Athletics Director Hunter Yurachek. “In what has been one of the most unusual seasons in college football history, our student-athletes made incredible sacrifices and earned the opportunity to safely compete in 10 games during the 2020 football season. That is a tremendous credit to them and the efforts of Coach Sam Pittman, his staff, our medical team and the leadership of Commissioner Greg Sankey and the Southeastern Conference. We look forward to taking the field again for the 2021 season.”
Arkansas finished the year 3-7 while playing an all-Southeastern Conference schedule in 2020.
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