The Texas Longhorns at Kansas Jayhawks football game has been canceled due to COVID-19, the Big 12 announced on Thursday.
The two schools were scheduled to meet at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas, on Saturday, Dec. 12. The game was canceled due to “…UT’s shutdown of football operations.”
The Texas at Kansas game has been declared a no contest and will not be rescheduled.
“We are pausing all football team activities and shutting down football training facilities to get a COVID-19 spread among our Football program under control,” Texas Director of Athletics Chris Del Conte said. “We currently have nine student-athletes and 13 staff members who have tested positive this week, all of whom are in self-isolation. An additional 14 student-athletes and 15 staff members have been identified in contact tracing, and per COVID-19 protocols, are in quarantine at this time. We will continue daily testing, monitor the situation and adhere to all of the medical team’s health and safety protocols as we move forward with an abundance of caution in this situation. We’re extremely disappointed that we won’t be able to play our final regular season game at Kansas this week, but look forward to returning to action for our bowl game in the coming weeks.”
Texas finishes the 2020 regular-season 6-3 overall and 5-3 in Big 12 action. The Longhorns will now wait for a post-season bowl game assignment, and they are currently projected to play North Carolina in the Cheez-It Bowl.
“I am very disappointed our team won’t get another chance to compete this season, but unfortunately that is out of our control,” said Kansas Head Coach Les Miles. “Our team played very hard last week on the road, and I know they were eager to get back on the field to face a very good Texas team this weekend. With our season complete, I would be remiss not to recognize our student-athletes and staff for diligently following the medical guidelines set for them this year. I am very proud of their efforts and proud to be the head coach of this football team. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk.”
Kansas completes their regular-season schedule winless at 0-9 overall and 0-8 in Big 12 play. The cancellation ends the 2020 season for the Jayhawks.