North Texas at UTEP postponed due to COVID-19

By Kevin Kelley -

The North Texas Mean Green at UTEP Miners football game has been postponed due to COVID-19, it was announced on Tuesday.

The two schools were scheduled to meet at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, October 31. Conference USA will work with both schools to reschedule the game.

The decision to postpone the game follows the issuance of a stay-at-home order as new, daily positive test rates have reached critical levels in El Paso.

“We are disappointed to have our first postponement of a Conference USA game, but the health and safety of our student-athletes, staff and coaches is our number one priority,” said North Texas President Neal Smatresk.  “We send our best wishes to the entire El Paso community as they face the challenge of dealing with the latest outbreak.”

North Texas is 2-3 overall and 1-2 in Conference USA action so far this season. The Mean Green are next scheduled to play on Saturday, Nov. 7 at home at Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas, against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

“We are disappointed that North Texas has chosen not to come to El Paso for the football game this weekend,” UTEP President Heather Wilson said.  “We have a safe place to play and no players who are sick or in isolation, and North Texas has not indicated that any of their players are ill. We made the decision earlier today not to allow fans in the stadium.

“We are proud of the diligence that our student-athletes, coaches and staff have shown to put us in a position to play every week.  We look forward to further discussions with Conference USA and North Texas on whether or when this game will be rescheduled.”

UTEP (3-3, 0-2 C-USA) is slated to host the FIU Panthers on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Sun Bowl Stadium. FIU’s game this weekend against Marshall was also postponed due to COVID-19.

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