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UConn cancels football season due to pandemic

August 5, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The University of Connecticut will cancel its upcoming football season amid health concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of Connecticut will cancel its upcoming football season amid health concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,” UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict said Wednesday morning.

“The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk. ”

Members of the football team will remain enrolled in classes, and will retain full-time student status with access to UConn's facilities, Benedict said.

The cancelation ends any prospect for what would have been UConn's first season as an independent team, after playing its final season in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) last year.

UConn President Thomas Katsouleas on Wednesday said the decision to cancel the football season is the right one.

"We engaged and listened to the concerns of our football student-athletes and feel this is the best decision for their health, safety, and well-being," said Huskies head coach Randy Edsall in the school's release.

"Our team is united in this approach and we will use this time to further player development within the program and gear ourselves to the 2021 season," said Edsall.

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