COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University Buckeye fans will miss out on the annual rivalry game against the University of Michigan this Saturday, according to a tweet from U of M Tuesday afternoon.
The Michigan Football account cited a rising number of positive COVID-19 cases and athletes in quarantine.
"This decision is disappointing for our team and coaches but their health and safety is paramount, and it will always come first in our decision-making.” pic.twitter.com/IHXOD6lXyj— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 8, 2020
"The number of positive tests has continued to trend in an upward direction over the last seven days," said Warde Manuel, U of M's director of athletics. "We have not been cleared to participate in practice at this time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to field a team due to COVID-19 positives and the associated quarantining required of close-contact individuals. This decision is disappointing for our team and coaches but their health and safety is paramount, and it will always come first in our decision-making."
The Ohio State University has not issued a statement yet or released any information as to how they plan to proceed -- only a single Tweet from the OSU Football account:
Da❌n.— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 8, 2020
No further information has been provided yet on whether the game will be rescheduled or simply called a no-contest.