UConn cancels football season

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The University of Connecticut won’t be playing football this season.

The school’s director of athletics David Benedict made the announcement of the school’s plans in a statement on Wednesday morning. It is the first FBS school to call off its season.

UConn was set to play this season as an independent and had already seen games against Illinois, Indiana, Maine and Mississippi scrubbed from their schedule as many schools moved to conference-only opponents.

“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,” Benedict said. “The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk. . . . “The necessary measures needed to mitigate risk of football student-athletes contracting the coronavirus are not conducive to delivering an optimal experience for our team. Ultimately, the student-athletes would rather preserve their year of eligibility with an eye to competing under more typical circumstances during the 2021 season.”

The team’s players issued a statement as well. It said they are “in full support of the decision to not compete” after dealing with the challenges of trying to prepare for the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

17 responses to “UConn cancels football season

  1. Well they’re an independent and most of their schedule was scrubbed anyway. Watch the transfer portal fill up soon with UCONN players.

  2. Sure gonna miss the mighty uconn team. Too bad, they had a real shot at the unknown bowl this year

  3. UConn is the fast and the SEC schools kicking and screaming will be the last. Alabama shut the door on your way out.

  4. Because we know when it comes to college football, everybody else follows UConn’s lead. LOL…

  5. I do not think people realise how this affects the economy. I am a vendor of one of UConn’s equipment vendors and I will feel this, as will others.

  6. Yet the UCONN women’s basketball team was allowed to show-up for summer workouts.

  7. Like many I enjoy college football, more then the pro’s now but I could live with a season off from all of them. Baseball, Hockey and B Ball are a mess without the fans.

  8. Who are they fooling? They cancelled the season because they made a dumb decision to go independent and didn’t have anyone to play

  9. Nothing to see here….they had no opponents….so “scrub” the season, right? You had nobody to play!

  10. I mean, as a MA native lets not sugar coat things. UCONN is a basketball school. Their hockey program is getting better and better competition since they joined Hockey East to compete against my BU Terriers and the other good Boston team i wont name. UCONN Football is abyssal. They are better off cancelling the season. Rentschler field us usually half full anyways.

  11. The dominos are beginning to fall. Other universities will face the realities of pandemic and stop trying present a false image of normalacy. Schooling is necessary and should continue using common sense, including distancing, washing, masking and online classes. Football is not. All the time, effort, thought and resources shouldn’t be wasted on what is in the greater scheme of things, trivial.

  12. “…Ultimately, the student-athletes would rather preserve their year of eligibility with an eye to competing under more typical circumstances during the 2021 season.”

    Is the NCAA going to increase the roster limit in 2021 for FBS schools. If not how’s this going to work? Dump the incoming freshman class?

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