Charlotte 49ers football schedule is altered again by COVID-19

By Richard Walker

For the sixth time this season, the Charlotte 49ers will have their football schedule altered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

School officials announced at 8:50 p.m. Monday night that Saturday’s 7 p.m. Conference USA game at Marshall has been postponed “as a result of Covid-19 testing within the 49ers’ program.”

Charlotte has already had three non-conference games cancelled and two other league games postponed.

“We were really looking forward to this game,” 49ers director of athletics Mike Hill said in a school news release. “Marshall has a tremendous team and it was a big opportunity to compete against them. We’ve been on both sides of these postponements, and either way, it’s incredibly disappointing. We will use this week to get healthy and wish Marshall the best this season.”

The scheduled Sept. 19 game at North Carolina was cancelled and the Nov. 7 game at Middle Tennessee was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Charlotte program. And the home games against Georgia State (Sept. 26) and Gardner-Webb (Nov. 14) were cancelled and the Oct. 17 home game against Florida International was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within those programs.

The Florida International game has been rescheduled for Dec. 5 and the 49ers’ new release said they “will work with Conference USA officials and Marshall to explore the possibility of rescheduling” the Marshall game. League officials also are trying to reschedule the Middle Tennessee game.

Charlotte’s next scheduled game is Nov. 28 at home against Western Kentucky that is slated for 7 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.

Entering Monday, 73 other college football games had also been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 issues.