UTEP Suspends All Football Activities, Southern Miss Canceled
Following the cancelation of the Rice game due to positive cases of COVID-19 within the program, UTEP football has temporarily suspended all football team activities, Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced Sunday.
As a result, the team's next home game against Southern Miss (Friday, Dec. 4) has been canceled. Southern Miss' game against UAB was canceled due to positive cases within the Golden Eagles' program.
"During our recent COVID testing, multiple members of our football team tested positive for the virus. As a result, we determined that we would not be able to play the game against Rice," Senter said in a release on Sunday. "At the recommendation of our team doctors and Sports Medicine personnel, and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of everyone associated with our football program, we have suspended all team activities."
"As a result, our home game against Southern Miss, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4th, has been canceled. We will make a determination of the remainder of the season once we have received the results of our next regularly scheduled test." - Senter said in a release.
The start of the Rice game was delayed because of a positive case within the UTEP program. Based on the second round of testing on their participants, the game was canceled due to multiple positive tests within the Miners' program.
The Miners have now had six scheduled games either canceled or postponed this year, including the two rescheduled games against Southern Miss and North Texas and cancelations against Florida International, UAB, Rice and now Southern Miss, officially. UTEP (3-4, 0-3 C-USA) has played just twice since Oct. 24.
UTEP (3-4, 0-3 C-USA) is scheduled to finish the season against North Texas on Saturday, Dec. 12 (TBD) at home.