ORONO – The CAA has had no shortage of cancellations, or postponements, this season due to injuries and positive COVID-19 tests, but until this week, Maine has avoided any impacts.
The University of New Hampshire announced Tuesday its football team has opted out of the remainder of the spring season, due to ongoing COVID-19 issues in the program.
Maine was scheduled to host the Border Battle against UNH on April 17. As of Tuesday, the team has no replacement.
“We were talking about how there’s not a whole lot that can be said to make everything all better, but at the same time you learn from it, you move past it and we’re going to handle it like we do, like professionals and I think we’ll grow from it,” said UMaine Head Coach Nick Charlton.
Rhode Island, Maine’s next scheduled opponent on April 10, has ended its season early, due to positive COVID-19 tests from URI players and staff. The Rams had their game against UNH on April 3 canceled due to ongoing issues with the Wildcats.
UNH and URI are the second and third conference teams to opt out of the spring season, after UAlbany made the same decision on Mar. 31.
Stony Brook was scheduled to play the Wildcats and Rams, respectively, in the final two weeks of the season, but will not seek alternate opponents. The Sea Wolves end their season at 1-3, including a 35-19 loss to Maine on Mar. 20.
Other CAA members, Richmond and Elon, are also currently dealing with positive COVID tests and did not play Saturday.
Charlton said he expects a decision will be made on Thursday as to whether the team will play another game this season.