Sam Pittman, Hunter Yurachek issue statements following Arkansas' Texas Bowl cancellation
Arkansas was preparing to play in the Texas Bowl on Thursday night. Instead, the Razorbacks’ season is now over.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the Texas Bowl had been canceled due to COVID-19 issues within TCU’s program. The bowl season has been heavily affected by the pandemic, and now another game is joining the list of ones that have been canceled.
Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman and director of athletics Hunter Yurachek each issued statements following the news.
“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,” Pittman said in a statement. “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.”
“We are disappointed that our student-athletes will not have an opportunity to compete against TCU in the Mercari Texas Bowl,” Yurachek said in a statement. “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.”
The Razorbacks went 3-7 in their first season with Pittman at the helm. They alternated wins and losses through their first six games before ending the year on a four-game losing streak.
Arkansas would have had an opportunity to play in its first bowl game since the 2016 season and potentially notch its first bowl victory since 2015. Instead, the Razorbacks will have to wait for the 2021 season to try to again get that chance.