Charlotte announced Thursday that she would have to withdraw from Saturday’s Chapel Hill game against North Carolina No. 12 due to contact tracking issues.
While the 49ers have only had three positive COVID-19 test results in the past two weeks, contact tracing protocols have resulted in too many offensive linemen being quarantined for the team to play safely.
“We are extremely disappointed to have to cancel our game in North Carolina. Although I know our team is heartbroken, due to the number of players in quarantine, we could not play safely,” said the athletic director of Charlotte. Mike Hill in the release.
The UNC added Charlotte to the schedule after she was unable to play her only permitted non-conference match against any of the already scheduled opponents.
Hill added that the 49ers and Tar Heels wouldn’t be able to reschedule as the teams didn’t have a common open date.
The statement also states that from June 10 to September 14, Charlotte had administered 3,150 COVID-19 tests to her athletes, coaches and staff and had 20 positive results in total. The new round of testing on Monday produced a positive test.
UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham released a statement saying the Tar Heels will be looking to add an opponent on September 26, which is currently scheduled to open.
Charlotte played Appalachian State No. 24 on Saturday and lost 35-20. It is not yet known what impact, if any, the news will have on their Saturday match at the Marshall.