Southern Miss at UTEP football game postponed due to COVID-19

By Kevin Kelley -

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles at UTEP Miners football game scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17 has been postponed, it was announced on Friday.

The game was postponed due to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) issues at Southern Miss. The two schools will work with Conference USA to reschedule to contest for later this season.

“The health and safety of everyone involved continues to be our guiding force which made this decision to postpone the game the appropriate one,” Southern Miss Director of Athletics Jeremy McClain said. “We are disappointed for our student-athletes who will not get a chance to participate for a second-straight weekend, however, we will work with UTEP, in conjunction with Conference USA, to reschedule this game for later this season.”

Southern Miss is 1-3 this season following home losses to South Alabama, Louisiana Tech, and Tulane and a road win at North Texas. The Golden Eagles’ next contest is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24 at Liberty.

“While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to play this weekend, the health and safety of everyone involved is always the top priority,” UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. “We wish everyone at Southern Miss a quick recovery and hope to reschedule this game for later in the season in consultation with Conference USA.”

“We are concerned about the Southern Miss team and hope they get healthy and return to play soon,” UTEP coach Dana Dimel said. “We were excited to play our first home game in a month. We’ll set our sights on next week’s game at Charlotte and trying to get a good road victory for our football team.”

UTEP is 3-2 so far this season with wins over Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian, and ULM and losses to Texas and Louisiana Tech. The Miners will return to the gridiron on Saturday, Oct. 24 on the road against the Charlotte 49ers.

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Postponements are getting out of hand.

FBS football should do what the NBA and NHL were too chicken to do and call off the rest of the season.

As well, the NBA and NHL should cancel their 20-21 seasons and focus on starting 21-22 on time. There has to be some consequence for those leagues playing during non-traditional timeframes.