Georgia Tech cancels Miami matchup over COVID-19 problems
When No. 10 Miami hosts No. 17 North Carolina in an Atlantic Athletic Conference showdown Saturday, it will now be the regular-season finale for both clubs and it could determine who plays in the Orange Bowl.
The Hurricanes’ home game against Georgia Tech, scheduled for Dec. 19, was canceled Friday because the Yellow Jackets informed the league that they would not be able to meet several of the ACC Medical Advisory Group’s COVID-19 limitations.
This game had already been postponed from Nov. 21.
“This afternoon, we informed Miami and the ACC that based on today’s medical report from chief medical officer Dr. Angelo Galante, it would not be in the best interests of our student-athletes for us to attempt to play a game next Saturday,” Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury said in a statement. “As always, the health and safety of our student-athletes is our top priority. We felt that it was only right to let Miami and the ACC know as early as possible, and we appreciate their understanding.”
The canceled game puts added importance on the Miami-North Carolina game. The highest-ranked available team in the ACC goes to the Orange Bowl, and Miami (8-1, 7-1 ACC) seems to be in pole position, assuming Notre Dame and Clemson both get to the College Football Playoff. North Carolina (7-3, 6-3) could send a message to the voters, though, with an impressive win.
As for Georgia Tech (3-7, 3-6), its 34-20 loss to Pittsburgh on Dec. 10 now turns out to have been the regular-season finale.
“Should the opportunity to accept an invitation to a bowl game arise, Georgia Tech will determine at that time if the health and safety of its student-athletes will allow the team to participate,” the school said in a statement.
–Field Level Media