The first college football game of the re-scheduled season to be delayed is N.C. State vs. Virginia Tech, which was scheduled to take place September 12th. It has now been pushed back to September 26th, the same day that the SEC is scheduled to kick off.
The report comes from Yahoo’s Pete Thamel, and the news comes on the heels of the NC State athletic department having 22 new positive cases, pausing all athletic practices and games for the near future.
Sources: NC State’s opening game at Virginia Tech schedule for Sept. 12 has officially been moved. The teams will play on Sept. 26. Decision comes in the wake of NC State athletics taking a pause because of 22 new positive COVID cases in the atheltic department.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 26, 2020
It was only a matter of time before we had an official delay in play due to coronavirus, and this won’t be the last instance. With the Big Ten and Pac-12 already opting out, the ACC and the Big 12 are now being hit hard by COVID-19, with a delayed game already happening in the ACC, and Oklahoma’s program being hit hard as well.
In the SEC, the University of Alabama, not the football program, announced almost 600 new cases a couple days ago, just in the one week that class has been in session.
Kentucky, on the other hand, and seemed to be one of the more pro-active programs in the country regarding the safety of their players. While Mark Stoops announced only three positive cases, those players were immediately quarantined and the football program is being kept isolated, as well as the basketball team.
We truly have no clue if college football will even finish the season at this point. And it’s no lock that the SEC even begins its season, which is still a month away.