The UAB Blazers at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football game has been canceled, both schools have announced.
Middle Tennessee was scheduled to host UAB at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. The game was scheduled a mere three days ago.
“The most important aspect is the health and safety of our student-athletes and we felt it was not fair to them or our program to be able to play this game,” said Middle Tennessee director of athletics Chris Massaro. “We were down to 49 scholarship players and would also have to play guys coming right off injuries. That is not a situation we want to put them in.
“It’s a disappointing day for our program and fan base, but this is an unfortunate outcome of the pandemic. Our players have done a remarkable job all year in navigating all these uncertainties.”
Middle Tennessee (3-6, 2-4 C-USA) currently has no additional regular-season games scheduled. The Blue Raiders could play on Dec. 12 and/or Dec. 19 depending on any changes or additions by Conference USA.
UAB (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) has had four consecutive games canceled and has not played since a 37-34 double-overtime loss at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 31. The Blazers are scheduled to play next on the road against the Rice Owls on Saturday, Dec. 12.