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2020 strikes again!
This time, it made a direct hit on Truist Field in Winston-Salem, NC. After being moved from its original site at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, the 2020 Duke’s Mayo Classic set for Saturday between Notre Dame and Wake Forest has been postponed. This comes after a COVID-19 outbreak in the Fighting Irish locker room.
This comes as no surprise as the dominoes toward this move continued to fall throughout the day. Notre Dame cancelled practice this morning after seven new positive tests. Less than six hours later, the game has been postponed. According to the school, 13 Irish players are in isolation with 10 of them quarantined.
Reaction From Wake Forest
“Jack Swarbrick called me a short time ago to let me know of their situation,” John Currie, Wake Forest director of athletics, said in a statement. “I know everyone involved is saddened to be unable to play this weekend, but based on the circumstances, it is the right decision. We are already discussing options for rescheduling with the ACC and our future opponents. Including the possibility of playing on the Oct. 3 weekend.”
“We are obviously very disappointed that we will not be able to compete this weekend,” said Wake head coach Dave Clawson in a statement. “However, the health and safety of Wake Forest’s and Notre Dame’s student-athletes and staff is the highest priority. We will continue to work with the ACC and our administration on rescheduling options.”
Reaction From Notre Dame
“With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully.
“We knew COVID would present challenges throughout the season, and we’ll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision making. Notre Dame looks forward to resuming team activities and getting back on the playing field.”
As far as rescheduling, both teams have an open date next weekend. The teams could consider moving the game to Oct. 3. This assumes the Irish can resume workouts soon.
If the game is not rescheduled, then Notre Dame will return home to host Florida State on Oct. 10. Wake Forest will host FCS foe Campbell on Oct. 9.