The Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M football game, originally set for this Saturday, has been postponed due to quarantine players on the Texas A&M program. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) announced the postponement on Monday morning.
The SEC intentionally scheduled the week of Dec. 12 as a week for any postponed games or cancellations due to COVID-19. However, Texas A&M already has a rescheduled game on Dec. 12 against Tennessee. Therefore, the Ole Miss and Texas A&M game time will be evaluated and announced at a future date.
The possibility of playing another opponent is still being considered as Ole Miss could potentially play LSU or Mississippi State, according to UM head coach Lane Kiffin.
“It looks like we’re not going to play. There’s still a small possibility that someone could be moved up if they don’t have an opponent,” Kiffin said. “We’re still figuring that out, exactly how we’ll do the schedule. We have figured out because of the COVID we’re going to keep them here through the weekend. We’re still looking at (the practice schedule), don’t know exactly what we’ll do.”
The 2020 football season has seen many cancellations due to COVID-19, but this postponed game marks the first that has directly impacted the Rebels’ schedule. Four SEC match-ups were postponed last week, leaving only three SEC teams to compete including UM against South Carolina.
“I think we’re going to make every effort to make up the game,” Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Keith Carter said in a press conference on Monday. “I know everyone wants to play. It will all come down to, do you have the dates?”
Coming off the 59-42 victory over the Gamecocks, the Rebels will start to prepare for what is now their closest scheduled upcoming game: the Egg Bowl on Nov. 28.