University of Michigan cancels showdown against the Buckeyes

Ohio State Team Doctor
Posted at 1:45 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 14:46:09-05

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.

"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:

No further information has been provided yet on whether the game will be rescheduled or simply called a no-contest.