Another one bites the dust: UM-Ohio State game Saturday is a Covid casualty

December 08, 2020, 2:20 PM

In this year of endless cancellations, closures, postponements and never minds, another annual tradition lands in the scrap heap.

The Wolverines won't lose their 2020 football game against the Buckeyes in Columbus, nor will Ohio State win.

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"Unfortunately, we will not be able to field a team due to Covid-19 positives and the associated quarantining required of close-contact individuals," U-M Athletic Director Warde Manuel says Tuesday afternoon in a statement. "This decision is disappointing for our team and coaches."

Michigan and Ohio State have played every year since 1918. But U-M halted practices and other football activities last week due to a coronavirus outbreak and cancelled last weekend's home game against Maryland.

This weekend's game was to be the last in an eight-game abbreviated season, leaving U-M at 2-4 for the year. 

The University of Michigan has logged 2,545 Covid diagnoses among students and staff this year, according to a New York Times database.

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