Connecticut becomes first FBS program to cancel 2020 season
Connecticut on Wednesday announced it would not play football in 2020, becoming the first FBS program to do so amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The Huskies, a longtime member of the Big East and American Athletic Conference, played as an independent in 2019. Games against Illinois, Indiana, Maine and Ole Miss have already been canceled by those schools’ respective conferences, while games with North Carolina and Virginia remain uncertain.
"After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we've decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season," Connecticut athletics director David Benedict said. "The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk.
"Among all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic for the last several months, our top priority has clearly been and will always be ensuring the health and well-being of our student-athletes, staff and fans. With that in mind, we concluded that this action was necessary. Obviously, there are details that need to be addressed but safety was foremost on our minds when making this decision and we know our fans share that same commitment."
All UConn football players will have their scholarships honored this year and can remain enrolled in school. The Huskies players released a joint statement supporting the season to cancel the season.
“As a team we are in full support of the decision to not compete in 2020,” the statement read. “We have many health concerns and not enough is known about the potential long-term ...
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