Vanderbilt-Missouri game postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases

Posted at 2:53 PM, Oct 12, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Southeastern Conference announced the Vanderbilt-Missouri football game on Oct. 17 has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests.

The game was tentatively set for Dec. 12. Individuals in the Vanderbilt University football program will be quarantined.

Vanderbilt University said in a press release the game was moved because the didn't have enough "available scholarship student-athletes due to the quarantining of individuals with positive tests and those designated as close contacts, along with injuries and opt-outs."

“The league and universities have been prepared for the likelihood of disruptions within the season while we all navigate the various challenges and complexities of competing during a global pandemic. As always, we are committed to taking whatever steps necessary for the health and safety of our students and community,” said Candice Lee in the release, Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director.

“While we share in the disappointment that this Saturday’s game will be postponed, our program is deeply appreciative of the tireless efforts put forth by student-athletes, university officials, conference administrators and medical experts who have risen to the challenge of helping us navigate these unprecedented circumstances,” said head coach Derek Mason. “The safety and well-being of our student-athletes will remain a top priority as we continue the season, and we look forward to returning to competition.”

This is a developing story. We will update the article when more information becomes available.