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WVU Football Pauses Due to COVID Surge, Oklahoma Game Canceled



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West Virginia University is pausing all football activates — which includes the cancelation of Saturday’s home game against Oklahoma — due to a surge in positive COVID cases and contact tracing within the program, the school announced Thursday.

The Mountaineers will halt all workouts, practices and games for the next seven days, which wipes out Saturday’s scheduled regular season finale in Morgantown against the Sooners. According to WVU, the game will not be rescheduled.

“Our intent is to get this spread under control as soon as possible for the health and safety of all involved,” WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said in the release from the school. “We are beyond disappointed not to play our final home game of the season and honor our seniors, but we need to act now and reevaluate our situation after Dec. 17.”


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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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