First FBS spring game canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus
Bad news for Cincinnati fans, the Bearcats will not be holding a spring game after coming off an impressive 11-3 season.
The reason for the cancelation? Cincinnati has canceled the spring game as a precaution due to the COVID-19, aka coronavirus. Thankfully, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on Cincinnati’s campus at this time and the school’s leadership is doing what it can to keep it that way.
Cincinnati’s spring game was scheduled to be played on April 10.
On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued the following statement asking all sporting events inside the state to take place without spectators for the time being:
“For indoor events, we are asking for no events with spectators other than the athletes, parents, and others essential to the game. Right now, outdoor events can continue.”
That statement would appear to impact the upcoming 2020 NCAA Tournament as the First Four is annually held in Dayton and several first round games of the tournament are scheduled to be held in the state.
Cincinnati AD John Cunningham issued the following statement announcing the cancelation of the upcoming Bearcat spring game:
“We are always going to put the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes at the forefront of any decisions and will abide by Governor DeWine’s recommendations regarding indoor athletics events on campus. UC Athletics is continuously monitoring COVID-19 in conjunction with our medical staff, University administration, UC’s Public Health Response Team and the American Athletic Conference. UC will continue to conduct home events and advise our teams to travel in a safe and responsible manner.”
Additionally, Cincinnati has announced crowds on campus will be limited to 150 spectators or less until May 31, 2020.