WKU at Charlotte football game canceled due to COVID-19

By Kevin Kelley -

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Charlotte 49ers football game has been canceled, Charlotte announced on Monday.

The two schools were scheduled to meet at Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Nov. 28. Due to COVID-19 issues at Charlotte, the game was moved to Tuesday, Dec. 1 in hopes that it would be played.

According to the release, the 49ers ultimately had to cancel the game as a result of “…Covid-19 testing within the 49ers’ program.”

“We had high hopes that we would be able to play,” said 49ers Director of Athletics Mike Hill. “We are disappointed for both teams and appreciate WKU and Conference USA for having worked with us to accommodate the unusual game date and time. We’ll continue to follow the advice of our medical professionals as they guide us to the safest outcomes for our student-athletes, coaches and staff. We also recognize that having not played a game since Oct. 31 creates uncertainty for everyone involved. We will continue to make decisions with our student-athletes’ desires and best interests at heart.”

Charlotte is 2-3 overall and 2-1 in Conference USA action this season. The 49ers have not played since a 53-19 loss at Duke on Oct. 31 due to cancellations of games against Middle Tennessee (Nov. 7), Gardner-Webb (Nov. 14), Marshall (Nov. 21), and now WKU.

Western Kentucky is 4-6 overall and 3-3 in Conference USA play. The Hilltoppers currently have no additional contests scheduled in 2020.

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