Music City Bowl was canceled after the Missouri Tigers withdrew from the game due to increasing cases of the coronavirus | Instant News

TransPerfect Music City Bowl was canceled after Missouri Tigers pulled out of the game due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in their program, it was announced Sunday.

The tigers are ready to face off Iowa on Wednesday in Nashville, but Missouri canceled training on Sunday after an increase in positive COVID-19 tests and halted all team activity until January 2.

“Unfortunately, that resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 match,” said the bowl attendant in a statement.

A source told the St Louis Post-Dispatch that the new cases had been traced to a Missouri game on December 19 State of Mississippi.

“Since ending our regular season and carrying out four rounds of tests over the past eight days, we have seen a significant increase in positive COVID-19 tests among our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” said athletics director Jim Sterk in a statement. “… The eight-day improvement in our program is significant and has made it impossible for us to play the bowl game.”

Iowa didn’t notice Missouri’s problems until after the Hawkeyes practiced Sunday morning. Iowa resumed activities on Saturday after a five-day hiatus due to COVID-19 cases in its program, including coach Kirk Ferentz.

“We are very disappointed that our season ends today,” Ferentz said in a statement. “This is an amazing group of players and men, and it is an honor to train them. This is a very special team. We have overcome several challenges together during one season like no other. I am very proud of this whole team and saddened. because we won’t have one more chance to go out and compete together. “

Missouri finished its regular season at 5-5 under first-year coach Eliah Drinkwitz, finishing third in SEC East. Iowa plays all eight of the Top Ten regular season games before the game against December 19 Michigan canceled due to COVID-19 issues with Wolverines. After a 0-2 start, the Hawkeyes won their last six matches to move up to No. 15 in College Football Playoff Rankings.


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