The University of Connecticut will not be playing football this season.
Following a slew of reports and tweets this morning surrounding the Huskies’ upcoming season, the athletic department posted an official announcement just a short time ago, stating the 2020 season has been canceled after receiving guidance from both the state and public health officials, along with input from the student-athletes.
“The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk,” said David Benedict, the school’s director of athletics, via today’s release.
Added Randy Edsall, who is the head coach of the Huskies, “We engaged and listened to the concerns of our football student-athletes and feel this is the best decision for their health, safety, and well-being.”
Members of the UConn football team echoed statements from both Benedict and Edsall, saying even they were concerned about the impact the coronavirus could have on them, as well.
“We have many health concerns and not enough is known about the potential long term effects of contracting COVID-19,” said the student-athletes of the UConn football program in a combined statement.
Prior to today’s announcement, a few games had been removed from the 2020 schedule, including contests against Maine and Mississippi. Maine canceled its football season last month, along with the rest of its fall athletic schedule.
Last season, the Huskies posted just two wins, including a local victory over the University of Massachusetts.