For the second time in 10 days, Georgia’s scheduled match against Vanderbilt has been canceled due to Commodores unable to meet the SEC’s list and minimum position requirements, the SEC announced Monday.
Bulldog No. 9 are scheduled to play the Commodores winless at home in the final game of their regular season at Sanford Stadium on Saturday. The SEC said the game would be declared a no-contest.
Georgia is aggressively trying to find a replacement for Vanderbilt to play on Saturday. The Bulldogs have been in discussions with the State of Colorado about the possibility of playing the game, sources told ESPN.
“We are conducting due diligence,” Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity told ESPN.
The teams were originally scheduled to play in Athens, Georgia, on December 5, but matches were postponed the day before due to similar roster problems at Vanderbilt related to COVID-19, contact tracing, elimination and injuries.
In an interview with ESPN on December 4, Georgia’s athletic director, Greg McGarity, expressed skepticism about Vanderbilt playing the game after being postponed.
“We are ready to play every week, and we have two games postponed and one almost postponed,” said McGarity. “It’s frustrating, and when you deal with young people it’s hard for them to understand, especially when you’ve done the best you can to prepare for every game.
“It’s a shame. It was Senior’s Day, and the parents are in the process. If we play on the 19th, that’s great, but I think there are concerns if it will be played. I know Vandy is committed to playing. I just hope it develops that way . “
Georgia beat Missouri 49-14 on Saturday’s away match; The Commodores lost 42-17 to Tennessee at home.
Saturday’s cancellation also ended a brief but career-record kicker Sarah Fuller. Against Tennessee, the goalkeeper on the Vanderbilt women’s soccer team became the first woman to score in a Power 5 conference match by kicking off an extra pair of points. Against Missouri on November 28, she became the first woman to appear in a Power 5 game with a squib to open the second half.
Fuller thanked the program in a statement released on social media Monday.
“I was accepted as an athlete and a true member of this team,” he wrote. “This is an experience I will never forget and will cherish forever.”
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