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Another week, another cancellation.
After three positive COVID-19 tests, and multiple players quarantined due to contact tracing in Charlotte’s football program, the 49ers officially called off their upcoming contest against North Carolina. The contest was set for Saturday in Chapel Hill.
This comes after the 49ers had a “key position group” quarantined due to exposure to the virus.
Reaction From Chapel Hill
“We’re disappointed we won’t have a chance to play this weekend, but we completely understand and appreciate Charlotte’s transparency,” North Carolina head coach Mack Brown said. “We were looking forward to competing against Coach (Will) Healy’s group. As you know, we’re good friends so I hate this for him and his team. Hopefully, everyone affected is OK and we wish them the best as they move forward this season.”
Healy, Charlotte’s second-year up-and-coming head coach, has not yet released a statement.
“We’re extremely disappointed to have to cancel our game at North Carolina,” Mike Hill, Charlotte athletics director, said. “While I know our team is heartbroken, due to the number of players in quarantine, we could not safely play. We very much appreciate the University of North Carolina working with us to schedule this game.”
As far as rescheduling goes, it is highly doubtful that this game will be made up. The two schools do not share a common bye week, and it is not a conference game. There likely will not be urgency from either Hill or UNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham to reschedule the contest.
It’s a shame for both programs, as both Brown and Hill are both well-known good friends, and were heavily looking forward to 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
With the cancellation of this weekend, the Tar Heels will get a bye week, before then traveling to Chestnut Hill for an Oct. 3 date with Boston College. Assuming the 49ers are able to play, Healy’s team will resume play at home against Georgia State on Sept. 26.