UNLV’s game against Colorado State will not take place this Saturday due to COVID-19 concerns, the Mountain West Conference, along with UNLV and Colorado State, announced this afternoon, after multiple outlets had reported it.
In a statement, the conference says, “Due to positive COVID-19 test and the resulting contact tracing within the UNLV football program, the Rebels are unbale to travel and participate in the scheduled football game at Colorado State on Saturday, November 21.”
Saturday’s UNLV at Colorado State game is canceled, sources told @Stadium. That is now 13 canceled or postponed games this week - if you’re scoring at home (with or without a mask)— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 18, 2020
Due to positive COVID-19 tests and the resulting contact tracing within the UNLV football program, the Rebels are unable to travel and participate in the scheduled football game at Colorado State on Saturday, November 21. pic.twitter.com/0AcMdJmqeB— Mountain West (@MountainWest) November 18, 2020
UNLV cited four new positive COVID-19 test in the program, the resulting contact tracing, and consultation with medical and epidemiology experts as to why the game will not be played. Here are statements from UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois and head coach Marcus Arroyo on Saturday’s game not taking place:
“Based on four positive COVID-19 test results in our football program, the resulting contact tracing, and consulting with our medical and epidemiology experts, UNLV will not travel this weekend for its scheduled game at Colorado State and has informed the Mountain West and Colorado State,” Reed-Francois said.
“Over the past six weeks, more than 2,600 tests have been administered to UNLV football student-athletes, coaches and staff with a positivity rate of less than 0.6 percent,” Reed-Francois continued. “Unfortunately, with a surge in cases in the Las Vegas community and despite the efforts of our student-athletes, coaches and staff to adhere to health and safety protocols, the decision to not play this weekend is in the best health and safety interests of all involved.”
“We are very disappointed to not be playing CSU this weekend but understand the circumstances,” Arroyo said. “The health and safety of our players and staff remains our top priority and we are proud of the lengths everyone has gone through to play football in 2020. We look forward to playing again as soon as possible.”
As of now, this marks the 14th college football game that will not take place this weekend due to COVID-19 reasons, and the second Mountain West game to be called off after Utah State and Wyoming was canceled earlier in the day. It is unclear if this game will be made up at a later date or not, or if Colorado State will reschedule with another opponent this weekend. It is a possibility that the Rams could face in-state rival Colorado after its game was canceled against Arizona State, or a rematch with Wyoming after Utah State had its own COVID-19 issues.
This is a developing story and will be updated with information as it becomes available.