After the No. 20 Texas Longhorns shut down all team activities on Sunday after three players tested positive for COVID-19, Saturday’s game in Lawrence was endangered.
On Thursday, the school announced the cancelation of that game due to the shutdown in accordance with the Big 12’s game interruption guidelines. It’s declared a “no contest” and will not be rescheduled.
Throughout the week, six more players and 13 total staff members have tested positive and the team resumed some limited outdoor activities on Wednesday before once again pausing all activities, according to a statement from athletics director Chris Del Conte.
“We are pausing all football team activities and shutting down football training facilities to get a COVID-19 spread among our Football program under control,” Del Conte. “We currently have nine student-athletes and 13 staff members who have tested positive this week, all of whom are in self-isolation. An additional 14 student-athletes and 15 staff members have been identified in contact tracing, and per COVID-19 protocols, are in quarantine at this time. We will continue daily testing, monitor the situation and adhere to all of the medical team’s health and safety protocols as we move forward with an abundance of caution in this situation. We’re extremely disappointed that we won’t be able to play our final regular season game at Kansas this week, but look forward to returning to action for our bowl game in the coming weeks.”
Originally scheduled for Nov. 21, the game was initially postponed because the Jayhawks could not meet the Big 12 minimum requirements at a position group.
Texas finishes the regular season at 6-3 and is currently tied for third place in the Big 12 with Oklahoma State with a 5-3 conference record.