Houston’s AAC opener vs. Memphis postponed; Sources say that Cougars connecting Baylor

The American Athletic Conference opener for Houston and Memphis, scheduled for September 18, was announced on Saturday.

The decision came a day after Memphis stopped football activities due to issues related to COVID-19. The Tigers stayed because a “significant number” of individuals inside the program were placed in quarantine due to the coronovirus protocol.

The game’s makeup date is to be determined, the AAC said.

Two sources tell ESPN that Houston will replace Zero with one game against Baylor in their schedule. The Bears lost their originally scheduled season opener – to be played at 12th vs. Louisiana Tech – due to an outbreak of COVID-19 on the Bulldogs’ roster.

Baylor will host the game against Houston at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. The teams have agreed on the competition, but are still in the process of finalizing the details. Baylor did not have a game scheduled for the weekend of September 19 and begins playing conference on September 26.

Memphis did not specify how many positive cases are inside the program, saying only that “many of the programs associated with the Tigers program” are football positive. They put “a significant number of individuals” into quarantine, in accordance with the Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines, with positive testing, contact tracing protocols.

“Positive tests and subsequent contact tracing indicate that the majority of cases have been linked to social events outside of official football activities,” the school said.

Adam Ritenberg of ESPN contributed to this report.