WSU may be left without Sun Bowl opponent with Miami in virus protocols
The Miami Hurricanes’ plans to play the WSU Cougars in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 appear to be uncertain at best, after the school announced Tuesday that its football program has entered COVID-19 protocols.
The Hurricanes did not say how many players or coaches are currently dealing with virus-related issues. The team was scheduled to resume bowl practice in earnest this week after taking last week off for finals.
Miami (7-5) is scheduled to play Washington State (7-5) in El Paso, Texas. Officials in El Paso said earlier this week that their city has seen a COVID-19 positivity rate of about 15% in the past week.
“The university remains committed to its goal of participating” in the bowl game, the Hurricanes said, “while ensuring the continued health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and staff.”
Another Dec. 31 bowl game is in jeopardy as Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday morning that Texas A&M will be unable to play against Wake Forest in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., due to a COVID outbreak in the Aggies program. The news was later confirmed by Texas A&M. If Miami has to pull out of the Sun Bowl, WSU and Wake Forest may be a match to play that day.
Because of a COVID outbreak, Texas A&M is unable to play in the Gator Bowl, sources tell @SINow. Aggies don’t have enough available players.
Gator is searching for a replacement bowl team, sources say, but the only way that's possible is if another bowl is impacted.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 22, 2021
The WSU Radio Network broadcast of the Cougars’ appearance in the Sun Bowl is scheduled to air live on 710 ESPN Seattle beginning with the pregame show at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, with kickoff set for 9 a.m.
710Sports.com staff contributed to this post.