COVID-19 sweeps through UVA roster, Fenway Bowl canceled

Virginia Sports

BOSTON, Ma. (WRIC/AP) — The Fenway Bowl was canceled due to the pandemic on Sunday as a coronavirus outbreak at Virginia forced them to call off their postseason plans.

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The game scheduled for Wednesday at Fenway Park was to pit the Cavaliers against SMU. While the matchup is still listed on the University’s site, an official statement from UVA indicated the bowl had been canceled.

The Fenway Bowl was supposed to bring a college football postseason game to the century-old home of the Boston Red Sox, but those plans have been stymied twice by the pandemic. It was to be the last game for Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall, who announced his resignation after the Cavaliers concluded a 6-6 regular season.

But leading up to the team’s planned departure on Christmas Day, players began showing symptoms of COVID-19 and tested positive. The full team was tested in the morning, and additional positive results came back on Sunday.

“Playing this game was something our team very much looked forward to and it is unfortunate Coach Mendenhall will not have one last opportunity to coach this group,” Virginia athletic director Carla Williams said. “We appreciate all of the hard work by our team and coaching staff. They earned this bowl invitation, and it is unfortunate they will not be able to compete in the game to complete the season.”

“We want to thank the Fenway Bowl and its staff for their preparation to host the game and for their communication with us over the past few days,” Williams added.

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