WACO, Texas — Baylor University released a statement Tuesday that announced the scheduled football season opener between Baylor and Louisiana Tech has been postponed and will not be played on September 12. Baylor and LA Tech have agreed to monitor dates throughout the season to potentially make up the game.
“We are incredibly disappointed to announce the postponement of our upcoming football game against Louisiana Tech,” Baylor Director of Athletics Mack B. Rhoades said. “However, in the interest of the health and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff, we are confident in this unfortunate but necessary course of action. To the Baylor and Louisiana Tech student-athletes and communities, we share in your disappointment and look ahead to resuming play.”
Louisiana Tech Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland also said this cancellation is a disappointment. He stated, "However, with the number of recent positive COVID-19 results and contact tracing, it is simply not possible. We would be putting our student-athletes at risk. It is obvious that the impact of Hurricane Laura in our community a few weeks ago really sparked our significant increase in numbers. With 95 percent of our city losing power for days – even up to a week in many areas – our student-athletes were forced to find places to stay and some even had family from south Louisiana that came northward to stay with them. So many things that we were able to control for the month of August became out of our control, and I think the numbers prove that it took its toll."
As additional information is released, adjusted game dates and times will be communicated to original ticket holders via email to the email address on file, according to Baylor Unversity.
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