Georgia Southern football will have to treat this weekend as an extra bye week.
The Eagles game against Florida Atlantic Saturday has been postponed after the Owls had players test positive for COVID-19
“FAU contacted me Monday night and indicated they might not be able to come to Statesboro for our game due to COVID-related reasons with their team. After completing additional testing and contact tracing, FAU contacted us again today to confirm they will not be playing tomorrow,” Georgia Southern athletic director Jared Benko said.
“We’re beyond disappointed we won’t be able to play this home game, but this is an evolving situation that changes week to week, day to day. We know first-hand how hard it is to play a game with a large number of players unavailable.”
Sources told WJCL, Channel 2′s ABC affiliate in Savannah, that Florida Atlantic was down 22 players for Saturday’s game.
Sources telling @WJCLNews that as of Thursday night @FAUFootball was down 22 players for Saturday’s game against @GSAthletics_FB Owls were scheduled to get more #COVID test results this morning.— Frank Sulkowski WJCL (@TheBigGuyWJCL) September 18, 2020
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Georgia Southern said the teams will work to reschedule the date for later this season with Dec. 5 as a possibility. The Eagles' next game will be on the road at No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette.
Saturday’s game would have been the second home game of the season for Georgia Southern. It defeated Campbell, 27-26 last weekend.
The school is allowing fans to attend games this season but it will limit capacity at Paulson Stadium to 25%. Everyone in attendance must wear a mask and the school switched to a 100% mobile ticketing system.
Tailgating is still allowed in university parking lots at this time. The school says to limit the groups to less than 10 people at a tent and wear masks when social distancing isn’t possible.
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