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Reports: Nevada-North Texas game off due to Wolf Pack's outbreak

Field Level Media
03 Dec 2021, 07:19 GMT+10

Saturday's game between North Texas and host Nevada won't be played due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Wolf Pack's program, according to reports on Thursday.

The schools are expected to make an announcement later in the day.

Nevada's COVID-19 issues became public Tuesday when coach Steve Alford revealed he tested positive for the virus and would miss three games. Alford said he would isolate for 10 days and participate remotely.

The first game Alford missed was Tuesday night's 79-66 win over Pepperdine. The school said another staff member also missed that game due to COVID-19. Longtime Alford assistant Craig Neal wasn't on the bench that night.

It is unclear if more positive tests were produced on Wednesday and Thursday.

Kory Barnett served as interim coach against Pepperdine and is leading the Wolf Pack (4-4) until Alford is removed from isolation.

Alford also is slated to miss this Tuesday's road game against UT Arlington. Reports indicate Nevada may not play that game either.

North Texas isn't scheduled to play again until Dec. 11 against UMass. Mean Green coach Grant McCasland told The Denton Record-Chronicle that he was already working on scheduling a replacement for the Nevada contest.

"We have talked to everyone who has had a game canceled and are working through trying to get a home game," McCasland said. "We will look at that first. If we have to play on the road, we will do that. We are doing whatever we can to get a game. "We are hopeful that we can get something done between now and Monday at the latest."

The contest will be one of two in a three-day span that won't be played due to COVID-19. Washington pulled out of Thursday's game at Arizona due to COVID-19 issues in its program.

--Field Level Media

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