Memphis cancels UTSA game due to COVID-19

Field Level Media

September 20, 2020 at 2:05 pm.

Memphis and UTSA won’t play their game scheduled for Friday as the Tigers program continues to battle an outbreak of COVID-19.

The game will not be rescheduled.

The Tigers previously were forced to postpone their Sept. 18 game against Houston because a number of players were in quarantine.

“While we project our quarantine and isolation numbers to improve next week, we felt it was in the best interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes to make this decision now,” Memphis athletic director Laird Veatch said in a statement announcing the cancellation of Friday’s game. “This also allows UTSA the most flexibility to find a replacement opponent.”

The Roadrunners did just that, scheduling Middle Tennessee State as a replacement.

Memphis also announced it added a home game against FCS school Stephen F. Austin to the schedule for Nov. 21. The only prior meeting between the teams came in 1959, which Memphis won.

The Tigers are 1-0 on the 2020 season after a 37-24 win on Sept. 5 over Arkansas State.