COVID-19 concerns have caused eight college bowl game cancelations to date, with more expected to be announced in coming weeks.
The latest announcement: the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, first held on Jan. 1, 1935, was canceled for 2021. The news was confirmed by Sun Bowl Football Committee Chairman John Folmer to El Paso’s CBS4 Sports Director Lou Romano. It’s the fourth PAC-12 bowl canceled this year and the third with an ACC participant.
All in all, the eight bowl game cancelations include Redbox, Hawaii, Bahamas, Holiday, Quick Lane, Celebration, Pinstripe and Sun bowls. The statement from the New York Yankees regarding the cancelation of the Pinstripe Bowl could be applied to pretty much any canceled bowl:
Due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases, which has led to the imposition of various travel restrictions and the cancellation of many college football games, including those in the Big Ten and ACC Conferences, we have made the decision out of an abundance of caution and in conjunction with both conferences to cancel the 2020 New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The priority of the Yankees, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Big Ten and ACC is the safety of players, coaches and staff, and this decision is consistent with that approach. We look forward to hosting the New Era Pinstripe Bowl with an enthusiastic crowd filling Yankee Stadium in 2021.
Also up in the air: the status of the Las Vegas Bowl.
Photo of the University of Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor at the 2018 game courtesy Pinstripe Bowl.