Saturday’s college football game between Ole Miss and No. 5 Texas A&M has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Ole Miss program, the SEC announced Monday.
The release stated that game, initially scheduled for Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, was called off because of positive tests, contact tracing & quarantine of individuals within Rebels program.
Both programs are hoping for a reschedule, but there is no guarantee of a new make up, as it is contingent upon what happens with other games on the schedule.
Since the Ole Miss is scheduled to visit LSU on Dec. 19 and Texas A&M is slated to make a trip to Tennessee, if the game cannot be made up before then, it will not be played.
Ole Miss has extended the suspension of team activities until at least Friday. The 10-day suspension is in the best interest of student-athlete and staff safety and comes in consultation with the MSDH.
The SEC’s COVID-19 management requirements, as developed by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force, are available on SECsports.com.
Meanwhile, Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher expressed disappointment for his seniors after Senior Day postponed
“We’ve stressed throughout 2020, and it’s a great lesson about life, ‘control what you can control,’” Fisher said. “It’s unfortunate we are unable to play Ole Miss this week.
“I feel for our seniors who were looking forward to being recognized and playing at Kyle Field. We will go back to work controlling what we can, and that is preparing to play Tennessee next week.”
Meanwhile, Aggies Director of Athletics Ross Bjork said the team is now looking forward to getting back on the field against Tennessee.
“While we are extremely disappointed to miss the opportunity to play our last home game of the 2020 season and honor our senior class, we understood that any scenario throughout this public health crisis was a possibility,” Bjork said.
“After completing eight games, our players, coaches, staff, and administration should be commended for setting the stage for a successful season and playing this great game as safely as possible.
“We cannot wait to get back on the field against Tennessee on December 19, and finish this season as strong as possible and continue to build our program under Coach Fisher’s leadership.”