It looks as though Michigan State’s football season is over, pending any bowl invites, which feels like a long shot at this point. News broke on Thursday afternoon that the game scheduled for this weekend with Maryland will be canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Terrapin football program.
Maryland released this statement a little after 2 p.m. confirming the news.
NEWS: Under the guidance and advice from university medical staff, Maryland Athletics has canceled Saturday's scheduled football game against Michigan State.— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) December 17, 2020
The game will not be rescheduled. All team training activities have been paused. https://t.co/2SRpa1Y5o8
This is the second time this year that the game with Maryland was canceled due to COVID related issues. The teams were scheduled to meet back on Nov. 21, but were unable to play. This was to be a makeup game of sorts during the Big Ten’s Championship week.
Barring a scheduling change this will bring an end to Mel Tucker’s first season as head coach in East Lansing, with the Spartans finishing at 2-5 with a top-15 win over rival Michigan and a top-10 win over a strong Northwestern team.
Hopefully the 2021 season brings more stability both in the schedule, and with the performance.