Texas A&M won't play in Gator Bowl because of a COVID outbreak on the roster

Texas A&M won't play in Gator Bowl because of a COVID outbreak on the roster ...

A&M will not play in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl vs. Wake Forest Dec. 31. Due to a COVID outbreak on the team's roster, with many season-ending injuries, but a majority of the games continue.

The Aggies shut down football operations over the weekend because a number of positive tests found the virus, but had hoped to play in the game in Jacksonville, Fla. That changed Wednesday, with only 38 scholarship players including 13 on defense available to practice.

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Texas A&M football season ends at 4 o'clock. Said Jmbo Fisher, It's unfortunate, but we don't have enough scholarship players to field teams.

After the game, authorities began with a bikin-earth decision on Wednesday to aggressively work with the NCAA, the ESPN and the Conferences to locate a replacement for Wake Forest in the next 24 hours. During the summer of 2013, the game is scheduled to kick off at 10 o'clock Central on New Year's Eve.

We are disappointed that Texas A&M and the Aggie fans can't represent the Southeastern Conference in Jacksonville at this years Tax Slayer Gator Bowl, said John Duce. Today, the safety and health of the student-athletes, coaches and staff remains our primary concern.

Even though they are getting too late, there is unlikely to be a replacement team. Most teams that didnt qualify for bowls have long since stopped practicing, and graduating seniors have already cut ties with their respective programs.

Gator Bowl could have replaced Texas A&M w/ a 5-7 team, sources said. Rutgers had 1st option, but declined. Other not expected to accept. How many 5-7 teams have been practicing or are still in school? source said. Another ten-year-old who received a school degree is not yet satisfied, source said.

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