The 2020 Houston Cougars at Memphis Tigers football game has been postponed due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, both schools have announced.
The game, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., was postponed due to “…COVID-19 issues at Memphis.” The game will be rescheduled to a later date to be announced.
“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 Athletics Director Laird Veatch said. “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.”
The two schools do not share a common open date, so other games may have to be shuffled in order to reschedule Houston-Memphis. The American could also open up Dec. 5 by pushing the date of their championship game back.
Memphis opened the 2020 season on Saturday, Sept. 5 with a 37-24 victory over the Arkansas State Red Wolves at home. The Tigers were off today and are scheduled to play next on Friday, Sept. 25 at the UTSA Roadrunners.
“These are challenging times and we have to remain flexible in our scheduling,” Houston Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said. “We understand today’s decision and will continue to work with Memphis and the American Athletic Conference to reschedule.”
Houston is now slated to open their season on Saturday, Sept. 26 at home at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas, against the North Texas Mean Green.