Baylor vs. Oklahoma State is Postponed

Baylor vs. Oklahoma State is postponed

As previously expected, Baylor Athletics just announced that Baylor vs. Oklahoma State is postponed until December. Only a few days ago, all Baylor football activities were paused due to a sudden COVID outbreak throughout the team and/or staff (I wrote about it here). The entire team was sent home and practices during the week and weekend were cancelled. Although Athletics was still planning on hosting the Homecoming game next weekend, it was extremely unlikely for any play to take place. In Baylor’s statement today, Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said, “We are disappointed to postpone another game. However, the significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases has led to concerns of an outbreak and the decision to suspend team practice through October 17. Secondly, this has caused a position group to fall below the minimum threshold of available players. Though this is an unfortunate outcome, we remain determined to return to the field in the safest manner possible. Thank you to Commissioner Bowlsby and Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder for their cooperation in rescheduling this matchup.” As Baylor vs. Oklahoma State is postponed, the Bears are already below the number of games they should be playing this season (originally supposed to be 9+1 games with the 1 being nonconference). If we reflect back—I mentioned this in my previous post about football being halted—Baylor’s games against Ole Miss, Incarnate Word, Louisiana Tech, and Houston were all postponed and/or cancelled (for nonconference competition) shortly before the scheduled games. Seeing as the Bears have now only competed against Kansas (a truly fantastic game) and West Virginia (do not rewatch, the worst of the worst), postponing the Oklahoma State game isn’t great for Baylor, however, I’m glad to see the athletic department protecting the health and wellbeing of their athletes. Baylor vs. Oklahoma State is now currently rescheduled to December 12, which was previously going to be the Big 12 Championship game. If all goes smoothly for the conference’s teams during the remainder of the season, the Big 12 game will instead be played on December 19.