EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Saturday’s UTEP football game against Conference USA foe Southern Miss has been postponed after the Golden Eagle football team experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases. Both programs announced the postponement on Friday morning.
The institutions, along with Conference USA, will work together to reschedule the contest for later this season.
“While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to play this weekend, the health and safety of everyone involved is always the top priority,” said UTEP director of athletics Jim Senter. “We wish everyone at Southern Miss a quick recovery and hope to reschedule this game for later in the season in consultation with Conference USA.”
To no fault of their own, it is the first game on UTEP’s 2020 schedule to be affected by the virus that has canceled or postponed dozens of college football games this season.
“We are concerned about the Southern Miss team and hope they get healthy and return to play soon,” said UTEP head football coach Dana Dimel. “We were excited to play our first home game in a month. We’ll set our sights on next week’s game at Charlotte and trying to get a good road victory for our football team.”
Per UTEP Athletics, all tickets for the originally scheduled Oct. 17 matchup will be valid for the rescheduled game date.