Earlier Wednesday, the University of Michigan Athletic Department announced that the football team was pausing all team-related activities until Dec. 7 as the program is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, Saturday’s game against Maryland is cancelled and won’t be rescheduled. On Monday, Michigan head coach John Harbaugh announced that the program would be conducting their meetings virtually as they were anticipating presumptive positive COVID-19 tests.
“The decision by our medical professionals to stop practices and cancel this Saturday’s game against Maryland was made with the health, safety and welfare of the student-athletes, coaches and staff as our utmost priority,” Warde Manuel, University of Michigan’s Athletic Director said. “We have seen an increase in the number of student-athletes unavailable to compete due to positive tests and associated contact tracing due to our most recent antigen and PCR testing results.”
After Saturday’s cancellation, Maryland is officially eliminated from Big Ten Championship contention. In order to qualify for the Big Ten Championship a team must play a minimum of six games. Saturday’s cancellation is the third for Maryland this season. Maryland previously had games cancelled against No. 3 Ohio State and Michigan State due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the program.
According to a release from the team, the Terps will still practice and hold meetings on Wednesday. Maryland’s next regular season game is scheduled for Dec. 12 against Rutgers at Maryland Stadium.