As if the 2020 season couldn’t get any more wild and unpredictable, today, Baylor Athletics announced that Baylor football is temporarily paused until further notice. If you all remember back to the original planned start of the Bears’ season, the first game was supposed to be an SEC/Big 12 matchup against Ole Miss on September 6, which was cancelled when the former’s conference decided on a 10 game conference-only season. Incarnate Word was scheduled for September 19 and was scrapped once the Big 12 followed suit and shortened the season to 9+1 play and the Southland Conference cancelled their entire season. Louisiana Tech was postponed and then cancelled the week of the September 26 challenge when the Bulldogs had a sudden outbreak of COVID and then Baylor had their own COVID contact tracing issues, which caused the postponement of the Bears’ quickly scheduled game against Houston to make up for their lack of nonconference opponents. The Bears thankfully got to play their first game of the season against Kansas (which is basically a nonconference opponent at this point), followed by the worst game ever in Morgantown (read this recap at your own discretion). And now, Baylor football is temporarily halted due to an unexpected (on their end) COVID outbreak that we’re obviously unsure of if it’s affecting the players or the coaches/staff. According to Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades, “At this time and in the interest of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff, we have temporarily suspended all football-related activities. Their health and wellness will always be our top priority. We are taking all possible precautions and our focus remains playing the scheduled game with Oklahoma State at McLane Stadium on October 17.” Thankfully the Bears have a bye week this weekend, but next Friday-Sunday is Homecoming weekend (the best time ever) and Oklahoma State is supposed to come to town. Here’s hoping that whatever the outbreak looks like, it can be contained and the team is healed and safe and we can enjoy them play football for the next couple of months!