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The Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, played every year since Jan. 1, 1935, has been canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
KFOX14/CBS4 in El Paso, Texas, site of the game that was to pit the Pac-12 against the ACC, said it confirmed the news with the Sun Bowl Association. The Stadium first reported the cancellation of the nation’s second-longest-running bowl game.
Earlier this year, when the Pac-12 announced a return to the field, executive director Bernie Olivas said the bowl still planned on pitting a Pac-12 and ACC team.
The bowl schedule for the 2020 season started at 43 games with the College Football Playoff championship game included. Seven games have officially announced cancellations – Redbox, Hawaii, Bahamas, Holiday, Quick Lane, Pinstripe and Sun. Two games were moved – the New Mexico Bowl will be played in Frisco, Texas, and the inaugural Fenway Bowl scheduled for Boston has moved to Montgomery, Alabama. The status of the Las Vegas Bowl is uncertain. If that game is not played, it would mean four games with Pac-12 tie-ins have been called off.
There will not be an appearance by Tony the Tiger this football season with the Sun Bowl canceled. (Photo: Mark Lambie, USA TODAY Network)
The Big Ten is facing more challenges with COVID-19 after a weekend when two football games were canceled due to health concerns.
Minnesota announced Monday its game scheduled for Saturday against No. 17 Northwestern has been canceled and will be considered a no contest. The Gophers had last week’s game against Wisconsin shut down. It will be the first time since 1906 the border rivals will not play.
Minnesota said team activities remained paused after being halted Tuesday. The team’s next scheduled game is Dec. 12 at Nebraska.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff continues to be our main priority,” Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “The last couple of days have shown a decrease in positive cases, but not to the point where we are able to return to competition. We are disappointed not to be able to compete against Northwestern on Saturday, but we need to continue to focus on following all CDC and MDH guidelines and slow the spread of the virus.”
Michigan-Maryland game in doubt
Michigan announced Monday its football program is pausing activities because of health concerns related to presumptive positive tests.
Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said the program has seen a rise in presumptive positive tests.
“That’s an increased number from zero,” Harbaugh said. “It was more than one. It was a few. So it was increased.”
Harbaugh declined to predict whether the Wolverines would play this Saturday against Maryland.
“This is day to day,” Harbaugh said. “When the results come