Baylor vs. Houston is Postponed

Baylor vs. Houston

Last week, I wrote a preview of the first Baylor football game of the 2020 season after an extremely quick scheduling of a Baylor vs. Houston game was announced to replace the previously scheduled Baylor vs. Louisiana Tech matchup (which was sadly postponed and then cancelled following a COVID outbreak on the Bulldogs’ team). All of Baylor Nation was rightfully thrilled to hear we’d still have a nonconference opponent—and an exciting one at that—before conference play begins against Kansas. However, the third season opener in a row has been unplayable as the Baylor vs. Houston game planned for tomorrow was just postponed. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports announced the news first, which Baylor Athletics later confirmed. In a press release from Baylor Athletics, Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said, “The loss of this game is a devastating blow, but in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes, we believe we made the necessary decision. We are incredibly disappointed with the continued delay to the start of our season, and empathize with our student-athletes, fans, coaches, and administrative staff. We are grateful for the support and understanding of the University of Houston, Athletic director Chris Pezman, and Chancellor Khator. We look forward to a future home and home match-up.” Apparently the issue was due to the Bears not meeting COVID contact tracing thresholds based on Big 12 regulations. Of course, the always reasonable Baylor fans were calm and accepting of the news, especially since it was related to the health and wellbeing of the student athletes. Please feel my sarcasm. We’d all love to watch the Bears take the field against worthy opponents, but it’s more important that the student athletes are safe and healthy. I’m glad that Baylor is valuing their lives instead of rushing them into a game where they could possibly get sick or spread the virus to other players. As of right now, it looks like our 2020 season opener will be against Kansas next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (CT)!