FIU’s Conference USA matchup against rival Charlotte has been postponed due to an “increase in COVID-19 positive results within the FIU football program” late Thursday evening.
In a media release, FIU Assistant Athletic Director Tyson Rodgers wrote, “Out of abundance of caution, all team activities have been paused.”
FIU at Charlotte becomes the latest postponment due to COVID. pic.twitter.com/C3c5wX8cso— Eric Henry (@EricCHenry_) October 16, 2020
Following last week’s loss to Middle Tennessee State, head coach Butch Davis revealed that the team dealt with 17 false-positive COVID tests, causing multiple players to miss playing time throughout the week while being re-tested for COVID.
Butch Davis revealed to us in his postgame presser that FIU had 17 false-positive COVID tests. The reason Kaylan Wiggins saw the majority of the snaps was because he had the most practice time, as the other QBs couldn't practice late in the week. pic.twitter.com/z1JMoE1xKR— Eric Henry (@EricCHenry_) October 10, 2020
At the time, it’s unclear how the postponement will affect FIU’s game on 10/23 against Jacksonville State. For Charlotte, the FIU game, which was slated to be the team’s home-opener, becomes the third game this season that’s either been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.
Both teams do not have mutual open dates for the remainder of the regular season. However, with C-USA pushing the league championship game back two weeks, there’s room for both schools to make up the game following the conclusion of their remaining schedule.