The SEC postpones the upcoming Tennessee-Texas A&M game, sets new date for the matchup
Texas A&M was scheduled to travel to Neyland Stadium to take on Tennessee this Saturday but that will no longer be the case as the Southeastern Conference has just announced the game has been postponed until Saturday, Dec. 12.
This news comes after a few positive COVID cases in College Station led to a large number of players being sidelined due to contact tracing.
Here is the official statement released by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey following the news:
“While it is unfortunate to have multiple postponements in the same week, we began the season with the understanding interruptions to the schedule were possible and we have remained focused throughout the season on the health of everyone around our programs. We must remain vigilant, within our programs and in our communities, to prevent the spread of the virus and to manage activities that contribute to these interruptions.”
Things have been trending this direction since Jimbo Fisher announced that A&M returned from its trip to South Carolina and the team had multiple positive COVID tests returned. While the Aggies appear to have only a few issues of COVID within the building, Fisher put the figure at just two on Monday, contact tracing threatened to sideline “over a dozen” of players for 14 days according to program Texas A&M AD Ross Bjork.
“It’s not like an outbreak, it’s just contact tracing,” Bjork said this week to ESPN. “The level of concern is not that we have a bunch of positive cases, you just don’t have the players because of your contact tracing.”
With this game being postponed, Texas A&M’s next game is now set to be against Ole Miss on Saturday, Nov. 21 in College Station. Tennessee’s next game will be the same day, at Auburn.