MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) – Citing a surge of positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing in the football program, West Virginia has paused all football activities for the next seven days and will not host No. 13 Oklahoma on Saturday.
Athletic director Shane Lyons says the game will not be rescheduled. The next game for the Sooners (7-2) will instead be the Big 12 championship game against No. 10 Iowa State (8-2) in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 19.READ MORE: WATCH: National Aviary Provides Possible Cause Of Steller’s Sea Eagle Kodiak's Escape
The West Virginia football program is pausing all team-related activities until December 17th, including the cancellation of Saturday’s game against Oklahoma. https://t.co/fcbsZ0JDSr
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“Our intent is to get this spread under control as soon as possible for the health and safety of all involved,” Lyons said. “We are beyond disappointed not to play our final home game of the season and honor our seniors, but we need to act now and reevaluate our situation after Dec. 17.”
In the Mid-American Conference, Miami (Ohio)’s game at Bowling Green was also canceled Thursday.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Weather: Cold Front Passes, Sunshine And Warmer Temperatures Return
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