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Miami officials say football team now in COVID-19 protocols

Sun Bowl game teeters on uncertainty
Miami Hurricanes QB Tyler Van Dyke hands off to running back Cam'Ron Harris, Sept. 25, 2021
Posted at 7:52 PM, Dec 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-22 08:50:45-05

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Miami Hurricanes' plans to play in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 appear to be uncertain at best, after the school announced Tuesday that its football program has entered COVID-19 protocols.

The Hurricanes did not say how many players or coaches are currently dealing with virus-related issues. The team was scheduled to resume bowl practice in earnest this week after taking last week off for finals.

Miami (7-5) is scheduled to play Washington State (7-5) in El Paso, Texas. Officials in El Paso said earlier this week that their city has seen a COVID-19 positivity rate of about 15% in the past week.

"The university remains committed to its goal of participating" in the bowl game, the Hurricanes said, "while ensuring the continued health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and staff."

Meanwhile, just as was the case with Miami's women's basketball team earlier this week when it had to take a forfeit loss against Atlantic Coast Conference rival Duke because of virus issues, COVID-19 concerns at Georgetown and Boston College have caused both teams to suffer forfeits in their conference standings.

Boston College's men's basketball game at Wake Forest scheduled for Wednesday is canceled in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Georgetown's game Wednesday at No. 22 Providence is also canceled in the Big East.

The leagues announced the cancellations Tuesday. In both cases, the forfeits will count only in the league standings and won't affect the overall record.

In the ACC, Boston College's next scheduled game is Dec. 29 at home against Florida State. Wake Forest is also scheduled to play that day at Louisville, which paused team activities Monday due to multiple positive tests and had to cancel its rivalry game with No. 20 Kentucky.