It has been a difficult year for decision-makers in college sports, trying to navigate a global pandemic while scheduling seasons.

Texas A&M basketball has hit a slight bump in the road, having to cancel its trip to the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in South Dakota early in the season, according to an official statement.

The health and safety of our student-athletes and staff is the top priority for our entire athletics department, and given the current public health crisis, we have decided to cancel our trip to the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic,” said Texas A&M Director of Athletics Ross Bjork.

“In order to keep our program as safe as possible as we start the season, we sought input from public health experts and our medical team after seeing the rise of cases in all of our communities, but especially in the state of South Dakota. Based on their advice, we felt it was most prudent to stay in Texas and work to schedule a home game at Reed Arena. We are thankful for the hard work and understanding of the tournament organizers.”

Texas A&M’s new season-opener will happen on November 29 with a home game against the University of New Orleans.