The No.9 Miami Hurricanes and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets game scheduled for Dec. 19 has been canceled the ACC announced on Friday evening.
“Georgia Tech informed the conference office that it will not be able to meet several of the ACC Medical Advisory Group’s COVID-19 game discontinuation considerations,” the ACC released in a statement.
Miami (8-1, 7-1 ACC, No. 10 CFP) and Georgia Tech (3-7, 3-6) were originally slated to play on Nov. 21 before it was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Miami program.
Miami trails the all-time series with Georgia Tech 13-12 after losing the last two meetings including a 28-21 loss last year. This will be the first time since 2003 the Hurricanes and Yellow Jackets have not faced each other.
The Hurricanes are set to host No. 20 North Carolina (7-3, 6-3, No. 17 CFP) on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC). It is the last game remaining on the Hurricanes’ schedule.
“They were picked to win our division,” head coach Manny Diaz said. “For me this has every feel of that late season, big event game in Miami that if the place was allowed to be packed out, it’d be a tough ticket to get and one of those when you came in the tailgating parking lots would be packed out well before kickoff. We’ll take what we can get crowd-wise, we’ll take the support crowd-wise, but our players have earned the right, as has North Carolina’s, this is a top-20 matchup going on late in the season. This is a big-time game. This is a big-time game for our league. I think it’s a game that when the schedule first came out your eyes get drawn to when we play North Carolina because they’re the team that everybody picked to finish ahead of us in our division. I’m sure they’ll be equally as excited to play us for the same reason.”
Players have been focused on finishing out the season strong regardless of how many games they would end up playing.
“These past couple of weeks everybody has been working a lot harder because Manny instills us that November is what makes champions and November was a really important month for us,” running back Don Chaney Jr. said. “We made the most of it. Now we’re trying to keep going, go 10-1 or 11-1, however far the season takes us.”
Miami had a revised 11-game regular season schedule for the 2020 and as it stands would finish with only one game less than scheduled in a league that has played 88 percent of its scheduled games.
“Obviously I’m not in the meetings when decisions were being made when things were very touch-and-go in the summer time, but from what I’ve heard so much of the credit for the entire league in what they’ve done, certainly the administration of our league, but I really think that our president Dr. Julio Frenk in that room of university presidents, his voice, his leadership coming from his expertise going through four different pandemics in his background gave the other university presidents confidence that we could do this going forward,” Diaz said. “Not going going forward, but start as close to on time as really the first major power five league to get rolling.”