BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In a statement released this morning by Indiana University, the Old Oaken Bucket game against Purdue will be canceled a second time this season due to COVID-19 testing results at both schools.
“Upon the advice of our medical professionals and in following the guidelines and protocols established for this season, we are not able to play Friday. As we stated last week, we know the history and tradition of this great rivalry game and how much it means to our current students, alumni and fans. Both universities worked extremely hard in an effort to play, but at this time it just isn’t possible. We are certainly disappointed that we cannot play in 2020, but look forward to seeing each other on the field next season and competing once again for the Old Oaken Bucket.”Joint statement from Indiana Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson and Purdue Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Bobinski
No. 12 Indiana (6-1) will now focus on preparing for the postseason. In the latest predictions by ESPN and other sources, they are predicted to play in the Fiesta Bowl against USC. It is unknown how the cancellation against Purdue will impact bowl placements, but the game will be several weeks away so Indiana should at least have its COVID-19 outbreak under control by then.
It is likely that this is the last game of the season for Purdue as they are 2-4 on the season.
More details to come as they are released.
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