Pitt reported Thursday that its game at Georgia Tech planned for Saturday will be delayed until Dec. 12. The news comes as the Panthers stop all group exercises because of COVID-19 conventions while school football keeps on wrestling with an expansion of COVID-19-related delays and undoings.
“We are fortunate to have an outstanding group of doctors and medical professionals providing us daily consultation in this challenging environment,” Pittsburgh athletic director Heather Lyke said in a statement. “Following their recommendation, our football program will pause all activities. Our protocols have prepared us to anticipate and manage these circumstances. Our top priority will always be the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff.”
Pitt at Georgia Tech is the ninth game to be dropped or delayed for the current week as school football keeps on managing COVID-19 issues, yet it’s the primary deferment or abrogation of the week in the ACC.
“While I know our team was excited and prepared to play a game on Saturday, this is the right and responsible decision for our student-athletes and staff,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. “We have great doctors at Pitt and they have given us the very best guidance throughout this entire pandemic. Our team knows we’ve had to be agile this year. We will continue to assemble virtually until we’re given the green light.”
Pittsburgh (4-4) snapped a four-game losing streak a week ago with a 41-17 defeat of Florida State and is currently booked to play its next game against Virginia Tech on Nov. 21. Georgia Tech (2-5) has lost three straight and is currently planned to play its next game at Miami on Nov. 21.
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