Miami Withdraws From Sun Bowl Due To COVID-19 Problems

The Hurricanes will not face Washington State, the party organization is looking for an emergency rival

The Miami Hurricanes will not be able to participate in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl against the Washington State Cougars due to COVID-19 issues, the university announced.

The Sun Bowl Association said it is looking for a rival to face Washington State in the game that is still scheduled for Friday.


The Miami Hurricanes will not be able to face the Washington State Cougars in the Sun Bowl. Getty Images

“It is very disappointing that COVID is affecting so many college football teams and bowls,” bowl executive director Bernie Olivas said in a statement. “At this time, the 2021 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl has not been canceled, although the University of Miami has withdrawn from the game. At this time we are looking for a possible replacement team, hoping to have one that will compete against Washington. State “.

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Miami’s director of sports and chief operating officer Jennifer Strawley said the number of COVID-19 cases affecting the team’s roster made it impossible to play because the Hurricanes don’t have enough players to compete safely. Last week, Miami delayed his departure for the game until the day before the game in an effort to play.

“We are very disappointed that our football team will not be able to participate in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl in 2021,” Strawley said in a statement. “This team worked hard all season to earn an invite to a bowl and my heart goes out to our student-athletes, especially the seniors. I also want to thank interim head coach Jess Simpson and our football coaching staff for everyone. your efforts in preparation for this bowl.

“We are sorry for the impact this has on the Washington State program and postseason experience. I want to congratulate the Sun Bowl Association for their tireless work in helping us navigate this situation over the past few days. We are grateful for your support as a partner of the Atlantic Coast Conference “.

Washington State arrived in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday for the game.

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Washington State Athletic Director Pat Chun said in a statement that the school was working with the Pac-12 and the Sun Bowl to find a replacement rival. Cougars head coach Jake Dickert wrote on his Twitter account that his team is “willing to play any opponent” and “just wants one more chance to finish this 2021 season.”

Miami is the third ACC team unable to play its bowl, joining Boston College (Military Bowl) and Virginia (Fenway Bowl) who made their announcement Sunday.