Houston has another season-opener canceled, 5th September game called off
Dana Holgorsen’s Houston Cougars cannot catch a break. It was announced Wednesday that the Houston-North Texas game has been canceled.
The announcement first came from North Texas, sharing that the cancelation is due to COVID-19 test results and contact tracing, which left the Mean Green unable to field a team due to quarantine and isolation.
“We knew that there would be challenges with COVID-19 this season and we were taking precautions to hopefully avoid this situation,” North Texas Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker said. “Our student-athlete health and safety is the priority in every decision we make and that is what this difficult decision is based on. We are hopeful we can resume safe activities soon.”
“We understand this COVID-related decision North Texas has made to not play Saturday’s game and appreciate the consistent dialogue with our program by UNT Athletics Director Wren Baker, his administration and medical staff during this week,” Houston Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said in a school release. “I am disappointed for our student-athletes who have continued to focus on competing this season and were ready to play this Saturday. We will continue to work to adjust our schedule with the hopes of playing as soon as we can.”
For the Cougars, this is now the fifth September game that has been called off (Rice, Washington State, Memphis, Baylor, North Texas).
North Texas’ announcement notes that the two programs are hoping to reschedule. Currently, Houston’s next game looks to be on Oct. 8 against Tulane. This year, college athletic departments have shown games can be scheduled on short notice.