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Friday, July 17, 2020

New Hampshire cancels fall sports seasons, leaves KU football looking for new first-week foe

Kansas head coach Les Miles surveys his team during football practice on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 within the new indoor practice facility.

Kansas head coach Les Miles surveys his team during football practice on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 within the new indoor practice facility.

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The Kansas football program is suddenly without an opponent for the first week of the 2020 season, as the University of New Hampshire announced Friday that none of its fall sports teams would play this year.

Just after noon on Friday UNH officially announced that “no Wildcat fall sports teams will compete in intercollegiate athletics in the upcoming semester as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.”

KU and New Hampshire were scheduled to meet in the season opener for both teams on Sept. 5 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The announcement came just minutes after New Hampshire’s football conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, announced that its board of directors had voted to suspend all conference competition scheduled for the fall semester.

KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a statement that UNH AD Marty Scarano informed KU of the news earlier in the day. Long also noted that KU and the Big 12 Conference remained focused on fielding “a full non-conference and conference football schedule this fall.”

“We have begun exploring all opportunities to fill the opening on our schedule that was created by New Hampshire and will provide an update when available,” Long said.

KU coach Les Miles said in a statement that he was disappointed by the news and would “fully support Jeff Long and the Big 12 Conference as they continue to explore our options for the fall season.”

The CAA, along with New Hampshire’s basketball conference, the America East, are the latest mid-major conferences to cancel fall sports, and the list appears to be growing by the day.

The Power Five conferences, however, remain in wait-and-see mode, with the Big Ten and Pac-12 recently announcing the elimination of nonconference games but still planning a fall season and the Big 12, ACC and SEC waiting for more information to surface before making any decisions about their fall seasons.

“We’ve got a lot of information flowing a lot of different ways,” Long told the Journal-World earlier this week. “And we’re trying to bring it all together. We’re moving very deliberately based on the advice and counsel of our team physicians, both on our campus and at the Big 12.”

During the midweek phone interview, Long said he would tell KU fans to “remain optimistic,” but he noted that the situation is still in flux.

“With more information down the road, we may make a different decision,” he said.

Comments

Sam Meyer 3 weeks, 5 days ago

At risk of being the Debbie downer, does anyone expect CFB this fall in any capacity? I’m not holding my breath. Hope I’m wrong.

Doug Roberts 3 weeks, 5 days ago

I was really looking forward to puttin' it on the Fighting Syrup Gatherers.

Adam Bengtson 3 weeks, 4 days ago

If you have not figured it out by now....these leaders toy with you.

There will be no college football or college basketball this year.

You will have to wait until Nov. 3 and magically it will go away.

Brett McCabe 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Adam, I just read a story about the thousands dying in South Africa. Thank goodness those people were willing to be complicit in our evil plan.

Also, our thanks to the dead in Brazil, Italy, India and Texas. Without their support, we could never had pulled this off.

And, if you ever decide you don’t want to spend the rest of your life as a p.o.s., you can start with letters of apology to the 138,000 families in America. Once your done, I’ll give you an updated list.

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Brett - Do you think Gov Cuomo will be sending letters to the 60,000 that died in NY in the first couple months when they were releasing patients from hospitals and sending them to nursing homes to live amongst the most vulnerable without giving the nursing homes any recourse or even the ability to check for infection? We’re letters sent to the families any of the SARS victims? H1N1? Any letters to families suffering, sometimes lethally from the increased domestic violence? And on and on.

In some states, the posted goals are being met and yet the restrictions increase. As for goals and testing, is anybody reporting the difference between people that test positive for currently having the test vs. those testing positive for recovering? Any reporting on people that received positive test results even though they didn’t have the test? Any reporting on patients that were positive one day and negative the next? Is anyone reporting on the accuracy of the test or are we to mindlessly believe that there are no false positives or false negatives? Histories first perfect testing?

It will be really interesting to see how the NBA $$$ bubble and other professionals performs.

Robert Brock 3 weeks, 3 days ago

The Pandemic has exposed just how Third-World the United States is.

Dane Pratt 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Sad but true. One would think, with all the resources we have that we would be leading the world in flattening the curve.

Dirk Medema 3 weeks, 3 days ago

It has also exposed how greedy some are and how much power can twist reality.

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