Miami Hurricanes withdraw from 2021 Sun Bowl due to COVID-19 issues

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Miami has withdrawn from the Sun Bowl due to COVID-19 protocols, this system introduced on Sunday. The Hurricanes had been set to sq. off with Washington State on Friday, December 31 in El Paso, Texas.

“We are extremely disappointed that our football team will be unable to participate in the 2021 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. But due to the number of COVID-19 cases impacting our roster we do not have enough student-athletes to safely compete, and the health and safety of our student-athletes will always be our top priority,” stated Jennifer Strawley, the college’s deputy athletic director.

“This team worked hard all season to earn a bowl invitation and my heart goes out to our student-athletes, especially our seniors. I also want to thank Interim head coach Jess Simpson and our football staff for all of their efforts in preparation for this bowl game.”

Washington State has already arrived in El Paso for the Sun Bowl festivities. With a couple of days remaining till the annual postseason recreation, there’s nonetheless a while for a substitute opponent to be discovered for the Cougars. 

“It is disappointing news that the University of Miami is unable to participate in the 2021 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl,” learn an announcement from Washington State. “We will work with the Pac-12 Conference and the Sun Bowl Association to hopefully find a replacement opponent for the game. 

Miami is the fifth team to withdraw from a bowl game this season due to COVID-19 protocols or a lack of available players on the roster. The Hurricanes are now the third team from the ACC to pull out from a bowl game. 

A photograph of a Miami Hurricanes helmet on October 16, 2021.

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Virginia’s virus-related issues pressured the cancellation of its recreation vs. Southern Methodist University within the Fenway Bowl. Hawaii’s roster issues pressured the cancellation of its recreation in opposition to Memphis within the Hawaii Bowl. Boston College was pressured to scrap the Military Bowl vs. East Carolina, and Rutgers will now face No. 20 Wake Forest within the Gator Bowl after Texas A&M was impacted by an absence of obtainable personnel.

Miami finishes the 2021 season with a report of 7-5 (5-3 ACC). Following the conclusion of the common season, the Hurricanes abruptly fired coach Manny Diaz and employed former Hurricanes star Mario Cristobal away from Oregon as their subsequent coach.

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