Richard Gibson /Staff Writer
FIU’s matchup against the Charlotte 49ers this Saturday is canceled again, this time due to a change in Conference USA’s schedule, according to a statement by FIU Athletics.
The FIU-Charlotte game was originally going to be played on October 17th but was postponed to this week due to a spike in COVID-19 cases within the Panthers.
“WKU at Charlotte, which had been previously scheduled to play on Tuesday, Dec. 1, has now been rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6 at Noon ET at Richardson Stadium,” read another statement by Conference-USA.
The game between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Charlotte was meant to be played this November 28th.
A spike in COVID-19 cases within the 49ers led to the cancellation of that game. However, with the game now being moved to Sunday, the one day gap has forced the FIU-Charlotte game to be canceled.
It’s not clear why the WKU-Charlotte game has taken precedence over the FIU-Charlotte game. It’s possible that Conference-USA believed that the 4-6 Hilltoppers would be a more favorable opponent to Charlotte than the 0-5 Panthers, because of the higher likelihood of a bowl game appearance for either Western Kentucky or Charlotte.
This is the sixth game for FIU to be canceled this season. Their final scheduled game is against the Marshall Thundering Herd on Friday, December 11th at 6:30 pm.
The statement by Conference-USA also reads “A final determination of the matchups for the last weekend of the regular season (Dec. 10-12) will be made no later than Sunday, Dec. 6.” This could mean there’s a possibility that the FIU-Marshall game isn’t guaranteed either.