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UMASS postpones season

The University of Massachusetts football team has postponed their 2020 football season until the spring, forcing the Trojans to cancel another game this season.

The minutemen announced the postponement on Tuesday morning.

“After consulting with university, state and public health officials, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 UMass football season,” said athletic director Ryan Bamford. “We have been in constant communication with university leadership and our football staff since March, with the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff remaining our top priority. The continuing challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic posed too great of a risk, and we reached the conclusion that attempting to play a season would not have placed the members of our program in the safest situation possible.”

UMASS, an independent, becomes the third FBS program, joining Connecticut and Old Dominion, to suspend their season.

The Trojans have already had their schedule affected greatly this offseason. Their season-opening game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff was canceled due to the Southwest Athletic Conference postponing football until the spring. Troy’s non-conference games against Tennessee and North Carolina State have been canceled after the Southeastern Conference elected to play only conference games and the ACC decided to play conference games and non-conference games against in-state opponents.

UMASS was also scheduled to play South Alabama and the Auburn Tigers before the SEC canceled all non-conference games.

The Trojans were scheduled to take on the Minutemen in their second game of the season on September 12.