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Sports Baylor season opener against Houston postponed by COVID-19 concerns

01:40  19 september  2020
01:40  19 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Baylor season opener against Houston postponed by COVID - 19 concerns . Chris Bumbaca. The two programs saw their original matchups for last weekend called off; Baylor 's against Louisiana Tech had to be canned due to Hurricane Laura, and Houston 's due to a coronavirus outbreak at Memphis.

Saturday’s football game between Baylor and Houston was postponed less than 24 hours before kickoff due to COVID - 19 concerns on the Bears That means Baylor didn’t have enough players within at least one position group to be able to play. It’s the second time this season Baylor has tried

Correction/clarification: A previous version of this story misstated the number of games that Baylor has had postponed or cancelled this season.

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Baylor - Houston Game Postponed Due to Contact Tracing, Not Positive Coronavirus Tests. Baylor felt forced to recommend the postponement due to local government guidelines concerning But they had already lost games against Louisiana Tech and Memphis over coronavirus concerns .

Baylor 's season opener against Houston , scheduled less than a week ago, was one of two Bowl Subdivision games postponed Friday — the day The postponements illustrate the uncertainty surrounding college sports. The number of FBS games postponed or canceled because of COVID - 19

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No. 24 Baylor and Houston were set for a Saturday afternoon tilt in Waco until the Bears announced Friday they did not reach the Big 12's COVID-19 game cancellation thresholds. It's the third time Houston has seen its opener disappear and the third instance for Baylor.

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The two programs saw their original matchups for last weekend called off; Baylor's against Louisiana Tech had to be canned due to Hurricane Laura, and Houston's due to a coronavirus outbreak at Memphis. The sides quickly came together to schedule a new opener.

"The loss of this game is a devastating blow, but in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes, we believe we made the necessary decision," Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades said in a statement. "We are incredibly disappointed with the continued delay to the start of our season, and empathize with our student-athletes, fans, coaches, and administrative staff."

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a baseball player holding a bat: FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer (12) looks for a receiver during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Waco, Texas. Baylor and Houston play this week for the first time since 1995, when both teams were in the Southwest Conference. Brewer enters his senior season with 7,742 yards passing, third in school history behind 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III (10,366) and Bryce Petty (8,195). (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer (12) looks for a receiver during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Waco, Texas. Baylor and Houston play this week for the first time since 1995, when both teams were in the Southwest Conference. Brewer enters his senior season with 7,742 yards passing, third in school history behind 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III (10,366) and Bryce Petty (8,195). (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)

The thresholds, announced earlier this month, specify that the minimum number of players required for a game is 53, with additional minimums of available offensive linemen (seven), interior defensive lineman (four) and quarterback (one).

The postponement is the third game in the last two days to be called off due to coronavirus positive tests or contact tracing. Charlotte and No. 11 North Carolina could not play after the 49ers lost their offensive line due to contact tracing, and Florida Atlantic's game against Georgia Southern was postponed earlier Friday.

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Rhoades said the two programs will keep their home-and-home agreement in place at future dates. At this point, Baylor and Houston playing in 2020 appears unlikely. The Bears currently have open dates on Oct. 10 and Nov. 21, while the Cougars are free on Oct. 3.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Baylor season opener against Houston postponed by COVID-19 concerns


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