UNC Charlotte Cancels Saturday Football Game Against UNC After Several 49ers Test Positive For Coronavirus

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — UNC Charlotte announced Thursday that they are canceling their Saturday football game against UNC Chapel Hill after several players were placed in quarantine.

According to officials, the decision was made after several offensive line players were placed into quarantine following the University’s COVID-19 contact tracing protocols, depleting that unit.

With the past two weeks, there have been three positive cases of coronavirus reported in football student-athletes found through regular testing required by Conference USA, university officials confirm. The individuals are in isolation receiving proper medical care, and all other affected individuals were notified to quarantine for 14 days by University contact tracers.

“We’re extremely disappointed to have to cancel our game at North Carolina. While I know our team is heartbroken, due to the number of players in quarantine, we could not safely play,” said Athletic Director Mike Hill. “We very much appreciate the University of North Carolina working with us to schedule this game.”

According to university officials, as of Monday, Sept. 14, a total of 3,150 tests have been administered for our student-athletes, coaches and staff since June 10. A total of 20 positive cases have been reported. On Monday, 200 tests were administered with one positive.

This announcement does not impact the status of the home opener versus Georgia State scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.