NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The TransPerfect Music City Bowl received word on Sunday that due to an increase in positive COVID-19 tests among its student-athletes, coaches and staff following its final regular-season game and after consultation with local and state health departments, the University of Missouri would be unable to participate in the 2020 TransPerfect Music City Bowl.
That has resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 game, which was slated to take place on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at Nissan Stadium with Missouri (5-5) set to face Iowa (6-2).
“We are extremely disappointed to have our season end today, said kirk Ferentz, Iowa’s head football coach. “This is a remarkable group of players and men, and it has been an honor to coach them.
“This has been a very special team. We have overcome several challenges together during a season like no other. I am incredibly proud of this entire team and saddened that we will not have one more chance to get out and compete together.
“Finally, I want to thank everyone within our program, players and parents, coaching staff and medical staff, and our fans for their support throughout this season.”
The Hawkeyes posted a 6-2 record during the season, winning six straight games to close the regular season before the Dec. 19 contest versus Michigan was also canceled. Iowa is ranked 15th in the current CFP rankings.
“Health and safety remains at the core of every decision this season, and we’ve always known something like this was a possibility,” said Gary Barta, Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair. “I am disappointed for our student-athletes not being able to play in a bowl game, yet so proud of their focus and sacrifice throughout the year. 2020 will certainly be a season to remember.”
“I want to thank the hard work of those involved in helping plan this year’s bowl, which we were prepared to host this week,” Scott Ramsey, President & CEO of the TransPerfect Music City Bowl said. “Unfortunately, Missouri’s high positive COVID-19 numbers have resulted in the cancelation of this game. We look forward to planning for 2021.”
The Music City Bowl is automatically refunding all purchases through Ticketmaster. Ticketholders should expect to receive their refund in the next 7-10 business days.