Per the University, Indiana University and Purdue University have mutually agreed to cancel the 96th Old Oaken Bucket game due to rising COVID-19 numbers at both schools.
“We’re certainly disappointed that we had to cancel the Old Oaken Bucket game. We both understand the history and tradition of one of the best rivalries in college football, but the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff is our primary priority. We will continue to monitor the situation on both campuses and listen to the advice of our medical professionals.”Joint statement from Indiana Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson and Purdue Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Bobinski
The Old Oaken Bucket game is a tradition between in-state rivals Indiana and Purdue that dates back to 1925. Purdue currently leads the series 74-42-6, but the Hoosiers have won the game five times in the last seven meetings.
This will be the first time Indiana and Purdue do not play the bucket game in the history of the trophy. The Hoosiers and Boilermakers have played each other every year since 1920.