First Mid-American Conference football game canceled

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Emilee Chinn | Associated Press

FILE — In this Nov. 10, 2020 file photo, Ohio Bobcats wide receiver Isiah Cox (6) runs the ball past Akron Zips linebacker Julian Richardson (7) during an NCAA football game in Athens, Ohio. An NCAA official voiced concern, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, over sports betting on the performance of individual student athletes, and suggested that gambling regulators consider restrictions on such wagers to protect the integrity of the games.

Northern Star Staff

DeKALB — The Mid-American Conference has canceled its first game of the season Sunday due to COVID-19 related issues.

The game scheduled for Tuesday between the Ohio University Bobcats and the Miami University–Ohio RedHawks was canceled after the Bobcats reported roster issues following positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing, according to a MAC press release Sunday. The MAC has declared the game a no contest.

The cancellation is the conference’s first since returning to play on Nov. 4 with each team having a six-team schedule. The conference previously announced that teams need to play a minimum of three games to be eligible to play for the conference championship game on Dec. 18 in Detroit.