Charlotte 49ers football schedule altered again after a third cancellation of the season

By Richard Walker

For the seventh time this season, a scheduled Charlotte 49ers football game has been moved or cancelled.

Twenty two hours before a scheduled 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning home kickoff against Western Kentucky, the school announced the game would now be cancelled “as a result of COVID-19 testing within the 49ers’ program.”

The game had originally been pushed from last Saturday to Tuesday morning.

“We had high hopes that we would be able to play,” 49ers Director of Athletics Mike Hill said in a school news release. “We are disappointed for both teams and appreciate WKU and Conference USA for having worked with us to accommodate the unusual game date and time. We’ll continue to follow the advice of our medical professionals as they guide us to the safest outcomes for our student-athletes, coaches and staff. We also recognize that having not played a game since Oct. 31 creates uncertainty for everyone involved. We will continue to make decisions with our student-athletes’ desires and best interests at heart.”

Charlotte’s next game is slated for Saturday at noon against Florida International. The school news release said the status of that game “will be determined following the results of upcoming tests from both schools.”

The 49ers have previously had games at North Carolina (Sept. 19) and at home against Georgia State (Sept. 26) and Gardner-Webb (Nov. 14) cancelled and a home game against Florida International (Oct. 17) and road games at Middle Tennessee (Nov. 7) and Marshall (Nov. 21) postponed.

Reschedule dates for Middle Tennessee and Marshall haven’t been announced.