B1G releases official statement on cancellation of Michigan-Ohio State game
The B1G has released a statement after the annual rivalry game between Michigan and Ohio State was canceled. Michigan was forced to call off the game due to issues with COVID-19.
“We are aware of the cancellation of the football game between the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University this weekend,” the statement read.
“The decision was made today by the University of Michigan because of an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases and student-athletes in quarantine over the past week. Michigan made its determination after conversations with medical experts, health department officials, and university administration.
“We are in unprecedented times. The health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans, campuses and the surrounding communities remains the number one priority of the conference and its member institutions.
“The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is one of the most important rivalries in all of sports. The conference shares the disappointment of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, partners and fans. The conference is committed to transparency and will continue to collaborate with its member institution stakeholders to determine Big Ten Football Championship Game participation requirements as well as tiebreakers.”
Ohio State is 5-0 this season and Michigan is 2-4. This is the third cancellation for the Buckeyes and the second for the Wolverines.