UNI football vs. USD cancelled, one game left in season

EMMA'LE MAAS, Executive Editor

The Purple and Gold were anticipating a good game this weekend against the University of South Dakota when it was cancelled on April 1 due to a COVID-19 tracing within the football program of South Dakota.

The game was scheduled to be played at the Dakota Dome on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. UNI’s record sits at 3-3 on the year while USD is at 1-3 so far.

UNI has dealt with COVID-19 issues of their own so far this season, as starting quarterback Will McElvain has had to miss two games due to protocols relating to the virus.

The University released a statement saying the game was cancelled, stating, “due to a positive COVID-19 test result and subsequent contact tracing in USD’s Tier 1 personnel, which consists of student-athletes, coaches, managers and staff.”

The game will not be made up. UNI has only one game left in the season, on April 10 in the UNI Dome against North Dakota State. Serving as the homecoming game, students and players will join in the Dome one last time this year before the fall.