VERMILLION, SD – The North Dakota state football game against the University of South Dakota, scheduled for Saturday, March 27, has been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols, the NDSU athletic department announced on Saturday morning.
The game will not be rescheduled.
According to a statement from USD, the game was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test and post-contract follow-up on NDSU Level 1 staff, which includes student-athletes, coaches, managers, and staff.
The NDSU statement read: “Valley Football sport-related activities will be conducted only to the extent permitted by local settings and applicable national, state, local, and institutional guidelines to safeguard the health and safety of the participants, the staff and the fans. “
The game became the second Missouri Valley Football Conference game affected by COVID-19 this weekend along with the University of North Dakota game at Youngstown State. The UND-Youngstown State game was postponed until the end of this spring season.
The UND-Youngstown State game was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test within UND Level 1 staff, according to a statement from UND.
Runner-up Bison (5-1, 4-1 MVFC) is coming off a 34-13 win against UND last weekend. This is Bison’s first game this spring that has been affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Bison are scheduled to play the state of South Dakota at the Fargodome on Saturday, April 3.
NDSU, SDSU and UND were tied for first in the MVFC heading into Saturday’s games. Neither will play this weekend. SDSU had already canceled their game this weekend due to the state of Illinois opting out of the spring season for health and safety reasons and increasing injuries.
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