The 2020 SMU Mustangs at TCU Horned Frogs football game has been postponed due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, both schools have announced.
Below is a statement from TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jeremiah Donati:
“We are disappointed to announce that our upcoming football game against SMU will not be played as scheduled on September 11. We have agreed with SMU to monitor dates throughout the season to potentially make up the game.
“In the course of following CDC guidelines and our aggressive testing and contact tracing strategy, we discovered that some student-athletes and support staff in our football program have tested positive for COVID-19. Those individuals were notified immediately and are currently abiding by CDC protocols.
“No one is currently facing serious health issues, and we intend to continue our enforcement of strict standards to protect the program and our community. Everyone’s health and safety remains our top priority. We share in your disappointment, but firmly believe we will be ready to resume football activities soon. We will continue to follow prevention and testing protocols and look forward to our Big 12 Conference opener against Iowa State on September 26.”
The SMU at TCU game was added back to the schedule as the lone non-conference game for TCU on August 15. If it gets played later this season, the game will mark the 100th Battle for the Iron Skillet.
SMU is scheduled to open the 2020 season on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Texas State Bobcats (4:30m ET, ESPN). TCU will now open their slate on Saturday, Sept. 26 at home against the 23rd ranked Iowa State Cyclones.