Inside the Nest Host
Temple has not only been fighting for wins each Saturday in the AAC, but it’s also been fighting Covid all year in an effort to stay on the field. On Wednesday, Covid won the final battle as the AAC cancelled the Owls season finale vs. Cincinnati.
Temple nearly had its game cancelled last Saturday against ECU due to Covid complications. However, the game was still played with ECU coming away with a dominating 28-3 win.
Cancelling Saturday’s season finale against nationally-ranked Cincinnati was the result of positive COVID-19 cases and ensuing contact tracing of student-athletes at both institutions. The game has officially been ruled a no contest, which means the Owls (1-6, 1-6) will finish 2020 with their lone win coming back on October 17 in the home opener against USF.
"I have held firm that the health and safety of our student-athletes is the most important thing to me,” Head Coach Rod Carey said. “We were on the borderline of shutting down for the past few weeks but with an increase in Covid protocol cases in the past few days, the decision was made to shut it down.”
As mentioned, this cancellation was not just because of Covid complications on North Broad. The Bearcats have been battling Covid this season too. Cincinnati had its game postponed against Tulsa on October 17 due to COVID-19 issues. That game was rescheduled for December 12, the week before the planned date of the conference championship game, which could very well be the Bearcats and the Golden Hurricane.
Regardless, Temple’s season is over with its first losing campaign since 2013.
"This COVID-19 pandemic is real and it affects us in many ways,” Carey said. “I'm really proud of our team and this staff for all the work they put in to be ready to play each week. Our record is not indicative of how tough and relentless this group of young men are. We all look forward to decompressing, learning from this experience, and coming back stronger in 2021."