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Mizzou out of Music City Bowl due to COVID-19

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.

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Nathalie Jones

Nathalie reports on both news and sports for ABC17. She started working at the station in June 2020.

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  1. “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.”
    Of course you did. Testing so often with a PVR test that produces an abundance of false positives would be unlikely to show anything but a significant increase in them. The inventor clearly stated it was not useful for such purpose. Doctor Fauci proclaimed it presented too many false positives to be useful if 35 or more cycles were used. The CDC recommends 40. I seriously doubt the testing lab used for these particular tests are using less than 35, and are highly unlikely to publish how many were used. Which they would be required to do under Florida law.

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