The Tar Heels will not be in action this upcoming weekend, as Charlotte was forced to cancel the non-conference matchup.
After a 31-6 victory in their season opener against Syracuse, the UNC Football program was set to turn their attention to Charlotte, their Week 2 non-conference opponent. Unfortunately, there will be no college football in Chapel Hill on Saturday.
On Thursday, Charlotte announced that they were forced to cancel this week’s contest. The 49ers stated that they did not have enough offensive lineman to safely play the game.
Over the last couple of weeks, the school’s football program has had three players test positive for the coronavirus. After following the proper contact tracing protocols, several of the team’s offensive lineman were placed in quarantine. With an unidentified number of lineman in quarantine, the 49ers found that they could not safely play this game and elected to cancel.
In a statement taken from Andrea Adelson of ESPN, here is what Charlotte’s Athletic Director Mike Hill had to say on the manner:
“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. We very much appreciate the University of North Carolina having scheduled this game with us. Unfortunately, we do not currently share any common open dates to reschedule.”
Now that the Tar Heels are off this week, where does it leave them moving forward?
Well, for starters, the Tar Heels now have back-to-back weeks of no games. Mack Brown and his team have a scheduled “bye” on September 26, so it’s possible that the Tar Heels will have 20 days off prior to playing their next game on October 3 at Boston College.
In the meantime, expect North Carolina to attempt to find a game for next weekend. It is probably unlikely that they will find a suitor at this point, but expect the program to explore every possible option to avoid another long layoff.
Check out the below tweet for statements from both North Carolina Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham and head coach Mack Brown:
Statements from UNC AD Bubba Cunningham and coach Mack Brown on the cancelation of Saturday’s game vs. Charlotte. Note that the program IS investigating scheduling a game for next weekend, Sept. 26: pic.twitter.com/DrshEX64tc
— Brendan Marks (@BrendanRMarks) September 17, 2020
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