After practicing with just 64 players on Tuesday, the inevitable has happened. The South Florida Bulls’ home game versus Navy on Saturday has been postponed due to COVID-19/injury issues at USF.
USF’s Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly released this statement on the matter:
“We are disappointed that we will be unable to play Navy this week,” Kelly said. “Our student-athletes are continuing to work hard with energy and enthusiasm, and look forward to the opportunity to compete and get better each week. However, all our decisions start with the health and safety of our student-athletes as our first priority and we reached a point this week where the decision was clear that it was in their best interest to postpone this week’s game.”
USF suffered a barrage of injuries last week at Houston, which only exacerbated the ongoing depth issues for the team due to COVID-19. Head coach Jeff Scott told reporters this week that they only had 16 scholarship defensive players practicing this week, down from 40 when the season started.
The Bulls had just two healthy defensive tackles, and two healthy cornerbacks coming into this week.
This is the right call by USF. The Bulls will hopefully look to get back to playing next Friday as they host UCF in the War on I-4.
USF and Navy will work the conference to try to reschedule the game.
Be smart, wear a mask, and wash your hands. Stay safe people.