Oct 5, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; A Miami Hurricanes logo is seen on the fifty years line before a game Virginia Tech Hokies at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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No. 12 Miami shuffles schedule, postpones Georgia Tech game

The 12th-ranked Miami Hurricanes rescheduled their next two games because of positive COVID-19 tests and quarantine issues within the program, the school and the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday.

Miami (7-1, 6-1 ACC) was to host Georgia Tech (2-5, 2-4) on Saturday. Instead, that game has been rescheduled for Dec. 19 and will only be played if Miami is not in the ACC championship game and if the result of the game would not impact which teams appear in the title game.

Miami’s game at Wake Forest (4-3, 3-3) also was rescheduled. Originally set for Nov. 28, that game has been pushed back to Dec. 5. In addition, the Hurricanes’ previously scheduled Dec. 5 game — against visiting North Carolina (6-2, 6-2) — was moved to Dec. 12.

“We are disappointed that we will not be able to play the next two weeks as scheduled, but this decision was made in the best interests of the health and safety of all teams,” Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement.

Miami head coach Manny Diaz told reporters his team was without 13 players and nearly had to postpone its Saturday victory over Virginia Tech due to COVID-19 testing results and protocols.

The 2020 ACC schedule model accounted for 11 total games, 10 in conference, played over 13 weeks with each team having two open weekends. The scheduling changes remove any remaining open dates for the Hurricanes this season.

The Miami schedule shift forced the ACC to reschedule three other games not involving the Hurricanes:

–Wake Forest will play at Louisville on Nov. 28 instead of Dec. 5.
–Western Carolina will play at North Carolina on Dec. 5 instead of Dec. 11.
–Louisville will play at Boston College on Dec. 12 instead of Nov. 27.

The Miami-Georgia Tech game was the sixth to be postponed or canceled this week among FBS programs. Last week, 15 games were postponed or canceled.

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