Navy-Tulsa game off after outbreak among Midshipmen
The American Athletic Conference called off this weekend’s game between Navy and Tulsa after positive tests for COVID-19 among Midshipmen players.
The AAC will look at rescheduling the game between the Golden Hurricane (3-1) and Navy (3-4), scheduled to be played in Annapolis, Md.
Navy has paused all football activities. The Capital Gazette reported that Navy has a “minimal” amount of actual cases but that contact tracing would rule out many more players.
“We are disappointed not to face Tulsa this weekend. However, protocols and guidelines are very comprehensive both at the Naval Academy and within the American Athletic Conference,” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement.
“There are a number of medical personnel that have reviewed all the related issues and, in the end, an administrative decision has been made that clearly reflects the safety and welfare of all involved with both institutions.”
Navy reported zero positive cases last week ahead of its game against SMU. However, Monday’s round of testing turned up positives and resulted in as many as 20 players being put into quarantine, the newspaper reported.
The game has not been canceled, but Navy and Tulsa do not have any mutual open dates.
Navy is scheduled to face Memphis on Nov. 14. Tulsa is set to host SMU that day.
–Field Level Media