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Kansas will not allow fans at Texas game

The Kansas chancellor cited a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Douglas County region as the basis for his decision.

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For the first time this season, the Texas Longhorns will play in an empty stadium this weekend after the Kansas Jayhawks announced that the final two 2020 home football games will not include fans in attendance, KU chancellor Douglas Girod wrote in a Tuesday email to faculty, staff, and students.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Central on ESPN2.

“We know this is disappointing to those of you who planned to be on campus to root for the Jayhawks,” wrote chancellor Douglas Girod. “While we are not aware of any incidents of COVID-19 transmission at any home athletics competitions this year, the recent spike in cases and hospitalizations makes it unwise to host fans at this time.”

Girod added that Kansas and surrounding states are at a tipping points thanks to uncontrolled community spread of the novel coronavirus.

“The hope is that this will allow our community to flatten the curve and drastically reduce the positive rates we are currently experiencing,” wrote athletic director Jeff Long.

The Jayhawks previously allowed up to 10,000 fans at Memorial Stadium for two games in October.