JONESBORO — Arkansas State’s football schedule has been altered again because of COVID-19.
ASU and Louisiana-Monroe announced early Tuesday evening that their game has been pushed back from Saturday to Dec. 12 at Centennial Bank Stadium due to COVID-19 concerns within the Warhawks’ football program.
This week’s game was postponed Tuesday after ULM contacted ASU and the Sun Belt Conference, informing them that the Warhawks are unable to play the game. With the game rescheduled for Dec. 12, the Red Wolves and Warhawks will now face each other in each team’s regular-season finale.
“Our football team was excited to be back home in front of our fans this week,” ASU athletic director Terry Mohajir said in a statement. “We certainly understand these tough outcomes due to COVID-19. We are looking forward to resuming our schedule next week at Texas State and playing our remaining games at Centennial Bank Stadium.”
ASU (3-5, 1-4 Sun Belt) returns to action Nov. 21 at Texas State. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Changes in the Red Wolves’ schedule began in the summer as games with Michigan and Howard dropped off the slate, replaced by contests with Kansas State and Central Arkansas.
ASU postponed the UCA game from Sept. 19 to Oct. 10 when COVID-19 issues left the Red Wolves unable to put together a two-deep depth chart in one position group. The Red Wolves later postponed a Sept. 26 home game against Tulsa when they were unable to field a two-deep at a different position group.
With Tulsa playing Cincinnati on Dec. 4, there is not a date that works for the ASU-Tulsa game to be rescheduled this season. ASU is trying to finalize a contract for a home game against a different opponent on Dec. 5, school officials said.
ULM (0-8, 0-5 Sun Belt) suspended football-related activities on Monday because of positive COVID-19 cases among athletic department staff, according to The News-Star of Monroe. The Warhawks are scheduled to visit Troy on Dec. 5 in a game that was rescheduled from September because of COVID-19.
A Nov. 21 game against Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, La., is next for the Warhawks.
“Out of an abundance of caution along with following the CDC and Sun Belt Conference protocols, a recent round of positive COVID tests within the ULM football program combined with contact tracing have led to the postponement of Saturday’s game at Arkansas State,” ULM athletic director Scott McDonald said. “Our No. 1 priority remains fostering a safe campus environment for our student-athletes, coaches and administrators, and it became apparent that the team wouldn’t be able to safely resume practice in time to prepare for Saturday’s game.
“We deeply appreciate the support and shared concern for our student-athletes and coaches displayed by Arkansas State Athletics Director Terry Mohajir and Sun Belt Commissioner Keith Gill.”