The Florida Atlantic Owls at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football game has been canceled due to COVID-19, both schools announced on Friday.
The two schools were scheduled to meet at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Saturday, Nov. 28. The contest will not be played due to “…COVID-19 cases, contact tracing and injuries within the Blue Raider program.”
“These are obviously very challenging times as cases are increasing all over the country,” said Middle Tennessee director of athletics Chris Massaro. “First and foremost is the health and safety of our student-athletes and we wish everyone involved a speedy recovery both on the virus and injury front. I also want to thank the FAU administration for their cooperation and understanding through all of this.
“This is disappointing for our program and fan base, but these things are out of our control. We appreciate the patience from our student-athletes and fans during these unprecedented times.”
Middle Tennessee is 3-6 overall and 2-4 in Conference USA action this season. The Blue Raiders have no other regular-season games currently scheduled.
Per Middle Tennessee’s release, they will “…work with Conference USA on future scheduling possibilities.”
“The health and safety of our student-athletes is always at the forefront and we understand and support Middle Tennessee’s decision to cancel Saturday’s game,” said FAU Vice President and Director of Athletics Brian White. “I feel for our student-athletes and coaches who diligently prepared to represent FAU this weekend.”
Florida Atlantic (5-1, 4-1 C-USA) is next scheduled to travel to take on the Georgia Southern Eagles in a non-conference contest on Saturday, Dec. 5. The game is set for a 7:30pm ET/6:30pm CT kickoff and the game will air on ESPN+.