Evan Barnes
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Published 6:29 PM EDT Sep 12, 2020

After a COVID-19 outbreak within the Memphis football program, the Tigers and Houston have mutually agreed to postpone their game Friday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the American Athletic Conference announced Saturday.

The AAC will work with both schools to reschedule the game.

The Tigers announced Friday that they had paused football activities due to the outbreak. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Commercial Appeal that at least 20 people within the program tested positive and 20 additional people were quarantined.

“I am disappointed that we will be unable to play the Houston game at this time, but a season without a pause or change was always going to be unlikely,” Memphis athletic director Laird Veatch said in a statement. “We will continue to closely monitor all of those impacted and do what is best for the safety and health of our student-athletes, coaches and staff.”

With the Houston game postponed, Memphis, which beat Arkansas State last week, has two off weeks in September and another in November besides their regularly scheduled off week in October. The next game on the its schedule is Sept. 25 at Texas-San Antonio, and the next home game will be Oct. 17 vs. Central Florida.

Houston is now scheduled to open its season Sept. 26 against North Texas.


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