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.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – With Iowa’s first home football game tomorrow, there are efforts to limit tailgating around stadiums. Fans are not allowed in to see Iowa play Northwestern tomorrow, law enforcement is still bracing for a tailing large crowd.
University Heights Police Chief Troy Kelsay will be on patrol during Saturday’s game. “Interacting with the people who gathered,” he explained. “If there is a problem, I’ll have a chat with the person in charge of the property.”
The city changed the rules this year. No lawn parking. One cannot follow more than ten people on the front page of a private property, there is no tailgating on public property. People who break the rules can be fined fifty dollars, but Kelsay doesn’t think that’s going to happen.
Kelsay hopes to do more education than law enforcement. “I’ve had some frustration with people I’ve worked with,” he said. “But I can always get compliance in some way or another without having to resort to law enforcement.”
That’s why regulations were enforced, to prevent large gatherings. “University Heights is not interested in being identified at some point on the road because this is where the super-spreading event occurs,” he said.
Iowa City Police will respond to nuisance calls, but they have no rules regarding tailgating dispersal on private property.
“We wouldn’t do that if people weren’t causing trouble,” said Denise Brotherton, Chief of Interim Police at the Iowa City Police Department. “What we’re going to do is educate them, remind them, the smaller the gathering, the less transmission. They were supposed to be wearing masks, but again, they were on their own private property. “
Vendors have also been banned around the Kinnick Stadium this year.