NASHVILLE, Tenn (KMIZ)
The Mizzou football team will not travel to Nashville, as team officials decided to cancel the trip to the Music City Bowl due to COVID-19 concerns.
The bowl game was set to kick off at 3 P.M. on Wednesday in Nashville.
Mizzou and Iowa were both grappling with COVID-19 concerns heading into the game, with the Tigers dealing with an uptick in cases over the past week.
"Since concluding our regular season and conducting four rounds of tests over the last eight days, we have seen a significant increase in positive COVID-19 tests among our student-athletes, coaches and staff," Mizzou Athletic Director Jim Sterk said, in a press release.
We spoke with Jim Sterk and Eli Drinkwitz following the decision. You catch watch the full press conference in the video player below.
Mizzou played in the Mississippi State game with 52 scholarship players available.
Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes restarted practice on Saturday, after taking 11 days off due to Big 10 COVID-19 protocols.
Mizzou ended its season on a 51-32 loss to Mississippi State in Starkville on December 19. Eli Drinkwitz finished his first year as head coach with a 5-5 record, which is the program's best SEC record since 2014.