Miami withdraws from Sun Bowl against Washington state over COVID-19 protocols

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The Miami football team will not be able to play in the 2021 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl against Washington State due to COVID-19 protocols, the university said on Sunday. The bowl was scheduled to be played on Friday, December 31 at 12 p.m. ET in El Paso, TX.

“… Due to the number of COVID-19 cases impacting our roster, we do not have enough student-athletes to compete safely, and the health and safety of our student-athletes will be always our top priority, “said deputy director of athletics. Jennifer Strawley said in a statement.

The Hurricanes, who fired their coach Manny Diaz in early December, end the season 7-5. Miami will begin the offseason under new head coach and former Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal on Monday, who agreed to a 10-year contract worth $ 8 million a year, a source said. . athleticism at the time. The Cougars also end their season at 7-5.

The news comes after the Military Bowl and Fenway Bowl were canceled earlier on Sunday due to COVID-19 issues. The Military Bowl was scheduled for Monday between Boston College and East Carolina, and the Fenway Bowl was scheduled for Thursday between Virginia and SMU. Boston College and Virginia are grappling with COVID-19 issues, forcing both schools to withdraw from their respective ball games.

Two days before that, the Hawaii Bowl was the first bowl game to be canceled due to the virus, as Hawaii addressed COVID-19 issues in its schedule.

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