The Ohio State Buckeyes could have to start out trying to find an opponent for Dec. 12 earlier than the primary Saturday of the month arrives.
On Wednesday, the Michigan Wolverines confirmed that Saturday’s recreation versus the Maryland Terrapins has been canceled as a consequence of optimistic COVID-19 check outcomes and subsequent quarantines impacting their program. The matchup will not be rescheduled and, as a substitute, shall be dominated a no contest.
“The choice by our medical professionals to cease practices and cancel this Saturday’s recreation towards Maryland was made with the well being, security and welfare of the student-athletes, coaches and employees as our utmost precedence,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel stated within the official assertion. “We’ve got seen a rise within the variety of student-athletes unavailable to compete as a consequence of optimistic (COVID-19) assessments and related contact tracing as a consequence of our most up-to-date antigen and PCR testing outcomes.”
Moreover, Michigan is pausing all staff actions and will not return to the apply discipline till Monday on the earliest.
Ohio State started the day fourth within the newest School Soccer Playoff rankings however has solely performed 4 video games this fall. The Buckeyes will not meet the six-game threshold essential to be eligible to compete within the convention championship recreation scheduled for Dec. 19 if they cannot play Michigan on Dec. 12. That might change, nevertheless, if future cancellations drop the typical variety of league video games performed to beneath six.
It is unknown if the Large Ten would permit the Buckeyes to schedule a non-conference opponent on brief discover. Ohio State faces the Michigan State Spartans this Saturday.