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University of Connecticut cancels its 2020 football season due to COVID-19



University of Connecticut Huskies (Photo courtesy UConn Athletics)

The University of Connecticut has officially canceled its 2020 football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school made the  announcement Wednesday just a month after the Huskies left the American Athletic Conference.

“After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a news release. “The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk.”

UConn football coach Randy Edsall reportedly consulted with his players before the school made the tough decision.

“We engaged and listened to the concerns of our football student-athletes and feel this is the best decision for their health, safety and well-being,” Edsall said in the release. “Our team is united in this approach, and we will use this time to further player development within the program and gear ourselves to the 2021 season.”

Since leaving the ACC last month, UConn is now responsible of pay a $17 million exit fee by 2026. According to 2018 financial records, UConn generated $2.4 million from ticket sales. It won’t have any football revenue in 2020.

The Huskies are now the first FBS school to cancel its football season due to the coronavirus. FBS, or Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-A, is the top level of college football in the United States.

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