The Central Arkansas Bears at Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns football game has been canceled due to COVID-19, it was announced on Wednesday.
The two schools were scheduled to meet at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La., on Saturday, Nov. 21. The game was canceled due to “…COVID-19 positive tests and contract tracing within the (Louisiana) program.”
“We are disappointed we will be unable to play Central Arkansas on Saturday,” said Ragin’ Cajuns Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard. “We knew this season was going to require a lot of patience and flexibility and disruptions were likely to occur. The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff is always the primary focus.”
Louisiana’s next game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 28 on the road against the in-state rival ULM Warhawks. The game will be streamed by ESPN3 at 3:00pm ET.
“We appreciate our tremendous medical staff and athletic trainers working closely with our football program in order to best navigate this situation,” said Ragin’ Cajuns head coach Billy Napier. “There has been an unfortunate uptick in coronavirus cases around the country, especially in football programs, and now more than ever, we must remain committed to being safe, following proper protocols and mitigating further spread of the virus.”
The Louisiana contest was set to be the season-finale for Central Arkansas. Per their release, the Bears are “…in talks to add a replacement game, possibly this Saturday.”