TOPEKA, Kan. – The Washburn Ichabod football Saturday exhibition game with Northwest Missouri and the Nov. 14 exhibition at Central Missouri has been canceled because of 15 positive COVID-19 tests. After contact tracing to possibly infected players, the Ichabods will not have enough players at various positions to play in either game after the quarantined waiting period of 14 days. Therefore, out of a concern for the safety of everyone involved, the games will be canceled and there will be no make-up date set.
Following NCAA protocols, the Ichabod football team and coaching staff were tested on Wednesday morning and testing results returned today showed the positive tests.
“We are disappointed for our fans who were looking forward to seeing us and Northwest Missouri play this weekend,” athletic director Loren Ferre’ said. “However, with the numbers of players who will now be in quarantine, and for the safety of the Northwest players and coaching staff as well as Central Missouri’s program next week, we will not be able to field a complete team. We will look forward to playing this spring when our football program returns to the field.”
“Our players did a very good job of preparing to play the two games,” Ichabod head coach Craig Schurig said. “We had good practices and we were excited to see our guys compete against NWMSU and Central Missouri. We are disappointed that we can’t play the games. I am thankful that our administration and athletic department gave us the opportunity to prepare for two games. We look forward to working with our players during the spring semester and getting ready for a full season in the fall of 2021.”