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West Virginia - Oklahoma game called off due to surge in COVID-19 cases inside the Mountaineer program

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West Virginia’s game against Oklahoma has been canceled due to a surge in positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing within the Mountaineer program.

Mountaineer athletic director Shane Lyons released a brief statement this afternoon, announcing the pausing of all football related activities, including workouts, until at least December 17th, including the cancelation of Saturday’s game against the Sooners. The game will not be rescheduled.

“Our intent is to get this spread under control as soon as possible for the health and safety of all involved. We are beyond disappointed not to play our final home game of the season and honor our seniors, but we need to act now and reevaluate our situation after Dec. 17.”

West Virginia will end the 2020 regular season with a 5-4 overall and 4-4 in the Big 12 Conference.

Should West Virginia be able to get the COVID-19 outbreak under control, it is expected that the Mountaineers will receive an invitation to a bowl game.