Sep 4, 2021; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall looks on during the game against William & Mary Tribe at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

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Military Bowl, Fenway Bowl canceled over COVID issues

The Military Bowl and Fenway Bowl both were canceled Sunday due to COVID-19 concerns.

Boston College (6-6) was set to meet East Carolina (7-5) in the Military Bowl on Monday in Annapolis, Md.

Virginia (6-6) was to face SMU (8-4) in the inaugural Fenway Bowl at Boston’s Fenway Park on Wednesday.

They are the second and third bowl games to be canceled amid the pandemic’s current omicron variant-driven resurgence. Last Friday’s Hawaii Bowl between Memphis and Hawaii was called off Thursday when the Rainbow Warriors withdrew due to COVID-19 issues, injuries and transfers.

COVID issues at Boston College prompted the Military Bowl’s cancellation.

“This is a terrible situation obviously,” Military Bowl president and executive director Steve Beck said in a news release. “We appreciate everyone who worked so hard to try to make the game happen. Of course, the health and safety of the players and coaches is top priority. The decision not to play is understandable, but disappointing.”

COVID concerns forced Virginia to pull out of the Fenway Bowl. It was supposed to be the final game for outgoing Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

“The University of Virginia is no longer able to participate … due to the number of COVID cases impacting its roster, preventing safe participation,” Fenway Bowl organizers posted on Twitter. “As a result of this withdrawal, the game and associated activities will no longer take place.”

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