Midnight Cancellation: Aggies Out of Gator Bowl
Bowl Season is underway, however one SEC team will no longer be participating in their originally planned game. Texas A&M is in the midst of a COVID outbreak. Because of the outbreak, the Aggies do not have enough players to take the field against Wake Forest.
According to Ross Dellenger of SINow, two player showing symptoms were tested postive last Friday for COVID. More tests were done the following Saturday, and with more positive tests showing up, Texas A&M made the decision to test the entire team.
Results from the testing revealed 20 more player had contracted COVID. This resulted in the Aggies only having 42 players able to play in the Gator Bowl, which leaves them 13 players short under the SEC's requirement for playing in a bowl game.
The Gator Bowl has also released a statement regarding A&M being unable to play:
However, all is not lost for the Dec 31st bowl game. Discussions are underway as the NCAA Committee is discussing a possible opponent replacement for Wake Forest to take on.
This cancellation comes at a time when COVID is beginning to see a resurgence in the United States. Recently, the NHL announced they would pause their season until after Christmas to combat rising cases. The NBA faced questions on whether Christmas games would be played.
The College Football Playoff has also released conditions that if any team does not have enough players to participate, that team will forfeit the game.
Wake Forest on the other hand will just have to wait to see if the Deacons will play on Dec 31st.