Two days after 13 players in Virginia Tech were missing in Miami, the ACC announced that the next two Hurricane games will be rescheduled.
“We are disappointed that we will not be able to play in the next two weeks as planned, but this decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of all teams,” said Athletic director Blake James in a statement. “The health and safety of our student-athletes is always our top priority and we will continue to follow the minutes of the conference to return safely and responsibly to the game.”
The announcement tracks the positive tests and subsequent quarantines of student-athletes on the Miami football team, according to the ACC. Georgia Tech̵
Miami will now play in Wake Forest on December 5 (previously the game was scheduled for November 28).
And the game, which was supposed to be this weekend, is scheduled for December 19. This is the same date as the ACC title game, and the rescheduling comes with this warning from the ACC: “This game will be played if Miami is not in the ACC Football Championship game and if the result of the Georgia Tech game in Miami will not affect directly on determining which two teams play in the league championship match. “
The Dec. 5 game between Miami and North Carolina will now move to Dec. 12.
Coach Manny Diaz talks about the problems the team faced earlier today.
Asked about how the numbers are moving with the players’ missing games, Diaz said: “I remember that in the summer we would not start all the predictions. There was a lot of “No way this works.” What I took away from this is, don’t try to predict the future. “
Diaz said the team was close to having to cancel the last game with an O line to a reserve fellow, Navaughn Donaldson. He said that when he woke up on Friday morning, he wasn’t even sure the game would be played.
“It was a tough week as the week went on, we kept losing players,” Diaz said earlier today. “Players come to work, but they have eyes, they see. They didn’t talk about it, we got it from them yesterday, but they weren’t sure in the middle of last week how it would go. I think when we got there on Friday and passed our last round of tests here and we were on the edge, but we could go, there was a big outburst of excitement like “Oh, this is happening!” … Virginia Tech had the same deal in September . “
Now the next game won’t happen … at least not this weekend. Miami currently sits at 7-1 and is ranked No. 9/12.
Here is the list of players who were out last weekend:
· Jason Blissett, Jr.
· John Campbell, Jr.
· Jack Clark
· Jared Harrison-Hunt
· Jafari Harvey
· Larry Hodges
· Zack McCloud
· Cleveland Reed, Jr.
· Jalen Rivers
· Isaiah Walker, Jr.
· Cation, Washington
· Chant Williams