The Virginia Cavaliers and Louisville Cardinals will have to wait another week before squaring off as the ACC announced the game has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues. Virginia and Louisville were originally scheduled to play November 7 at 8pm on the ACC Network, but the Cards are dealing with the fallout of some positive tests and contact tracing.
“The rescheduling follows the positive tests and subsequent quarantining within the Louisville football team,” the ACC’s official release stated. “The team is adhering to the minimum outlined protocols within ACC Medical Advisory Group report, which is available on theACC.com.”
Virginia Football Game vs. Louisville Rescheduled for Nov. 14https://t.co/r2xWNpig00— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) November 5, 2020
Thankfully, both teams had open dates next weekend, and the game has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, November 14 at 3:30pm. It will, of course, be televised on the ACC Network.
This is the second game that Virginia has rescheduled as a result of an opponent dealing with the pandemic as the season opener against Virginia Tech was moved to December 12 after the Hokies had an outbreak within their team. Virginia instead opened the season against Duke on September 26, which left next weekend open as a bye for the Hoos.
According to Louisville AD Vince Tyra, Louisville had to pause all football activities as a precaution after a total of 22 people either tested positive or had to enter contact tracing protocols.
Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra speaking to reporters on a Zoom.— Bennett Conlin (@BennettConlin) November 5, 2020
Says a precautionary pause in team activity was warranted after additional COVID-19 tests within the program. 15 student-athletes and seven support staff members are either positive or a close contact.
Louisville is 1-5 on the season and is coming off of a 42-35 loss to Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers (2-4) upset No. 15 North Carolina, 44-41, on Halloween night and could use an extra week to get some players back to full health. QB Brennan Armstrong suffered a knee injury against the Heels, while WR Lavel Davis has missed a couple games but was expected back this week. Transfer RB Ronnie Walker is recovering from an illness, but was also expected to make his debut against the Cards. In the secondary, this will give Brenton Nelson and Joey Blount more time to recuperate as well.
Stay tuned for updates as they are available.