Georgia Tech football game postponed over COVID-19 concerns within Miami program

Georgia Tech football game postponed over COVID-19 concerns within Miami program
Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins watches a Boston College point during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (Michael Dwyer)

MIAMI, Fla. — For the second week in a row, Georgia Tech football’s game has been postponed because of COVID-19 concerns within their opponent’s program.

The Yellow Jackets game against the Miami Hurricanes will now be played Dec. 19 unless Miami makes the ACC championship game.

“I’m saddened for our student-athletes and coaches that they won’t have the opportunity to compete this weekend, but as always, health and safety are the top priority. We send our best wishes to Miami for a full recovery for those who are affected and a speedy return to competition,” Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury said. “On our end, our student-athletes and coaches will hit the practice field this week in preparation for our home game against Duke on Nov. 28.”

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Last week’s game against Pittsburgh had been postponed because of COVID-19 concerns with the Panthers program.

Miami said Monday it activated COVID-19 related protocols after several positive tests and others under quarantine. The Hurricanes decided not to play the next two weeks, which include the game against the Yellow Jackets.

“We are disappointed that we will not be able to play the next two weeks as scheduled but this decision was made in the best interests of the health and safety of all teams,” Miami Director of Athletics Blake James said. “The health and safety of our student-athletes is always our top priority and we will continue to follow the conference’s protocols in order to safely and responsibly return to play.”

With the Miami’s game postponed, Georgia Tech’s next game won’t be until Nov. 28 when it hosts Duke at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The kickoff time won’t be announced until Nov. 22.

Georgia Tech’s other remaining games includes Dec. 5 against North Carolina State and Dec. 12 for the makeup game with Pitt.