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App State Delays Louisiana Game Due to Positive COVID Tests

Brock Fritz

The Appalachian State University football team has pushed its game against Louisiana back two months due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.

The university in Boone, N.C., announced the decision Thursday, moving its Oct. 7 home game back until Dec. 4 or Dec. 5.

"The health and safety of our student-athletes and university community remain our top priorities as we continue to navigate the unprecedented effects of the coronavirus pandemic," Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin said. "While we share in the disappointment of everyone who has worked hard to prepare for this football game, we have known that there will be challenges to maintaining the athletics calendar. We appreciate the continued support of Chancellor Everts for our student-athletes and athletics department, and we support the university's efforts to maintain a safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff.”

Appalachian State is scheduled to visit Georgia Southern on Oct. 14, while Louisiana is scheduled to host Coastal Carolina on Oct. 17.

"We are disappointed for our football program, but are certainly supportive and understanding of Appalachian State's response to this situation," Louisiana director of athletics Bryan Maggard said in a press release. "The health and safety of all involved is of the highest importance."

According to CBS Sports, there have been 24 NCAA football games postponed or canceled since the delayed season began last month.

Related content: Six College Football Postponements Bring Total to 21

Last week, Georgia State postponed its game against Charlotte due to positive COVID-19 tests that ended up being the result of misread test results.

Related content: Misread Test Results Postponed College Football Game

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