NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN/AP) — The University of Connecticut Department of Athletics announced Wednesday that the Huskies football team will not play any games this season.
The university released the information in a statement on their social media pages and said members of the team will remain enrolled in classes, either virtually or in person, as full-time students at UConn. The team members will also still have access to facilities and support services in accordance with NCAA rules, ensuring that student-athletes remain on track academically and developmentally.
The Huskies began spring practice on February 4 and were one of the only teams in the country to complete a full spring schedule. The team has been on campus since early July with zero student-athletes testing positive for COVID-19, the university’s statement read.
“After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,” director of athletics David Benedict said in the statement. “The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk.”
Other schools had already taken the Huskies off their schedules and Gov. Ned Lamont was reluctant to allow UConn to travel to states with high infection rates. Lamont said the Huskies would be subject to the state’s 14-day quarantine rule after returning from away games.
UConn had been preparing for its first season as an independent after leaving the American Athletic Conference.
The Huskies were scheduled to play Middle Tennessee State University on November 21.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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