The Maryland Terrapins have officially confirmed the team will be cancelling their second game in a row, this time a home game hosting the Michigan State Spartans in College Park this Saturday. The Terps had previously cancelled their game at Ohio State scheduled for Nov. 14 following seven positive tests for the COVID-19 virus over the week leading up to the game.
NEWS: Under the guidance and advice from university medical staff, Maryland Athletics has canceled Saturday's scheduled football game against Michigan State. The game will not be rescheduled. https://t.co/ljShMQqL2E— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) November 19, 2020
The news was reported earlier this morning by Stadium’s Brett McMurphy.
Saturday’s Michigan State at Maryland game canceled because of COVID issues w/Maryland, sources told @Stadium. This is 15th game postponed or canceled this week, equalling number of games impacted last week— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 19, 2020
Coach Tucker had expressed optimism the game would be played in his Tuesday press conference, and mentioned he had personally spoken with Terps head coach Mike Locksley about the game. However, the prospect seemed less likely when it was reported Tuesday evening and again yesterday that the Maryland football team would not be practicing that day. It has also been reported that Coach Locksley tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday.
Maryland coach Mike Locksley tested positive for COVID on Wednesday— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 19, 2020
Maryland currently sits in third place in the Big Ten East with a 2-1 record, while Michigan State is reeling off of two back-to-back routs against Iowa and Indiana while sitting at 1-3 overall. The Spartans last fell to Maryland in 2016 in College Park, but are 5-1 against the Terps since they joined the Big Ten in 2014.
This game will be a ruled a “no-contest” and will not be rescheduled. Coach Tucker offered the following statement on the announcement:
The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff remains our top priority. While we are disappointed we won’t be able to compete this Saturday, we certainly understand the situation and hope that Maryland can get back on the field soon.
I want to thank our medical staff for everything they have done for our program all year long. We must remain diligent in following all of our safety protocols in order to give us an opportunity to play.