Iowa halts football activities, still hopes to play in next week’s Music City Bowl


No. 17 Iowa said it’s pausing football activities because of a COVID-19 outbreak but still hopes to play in next week’s TransPerfect Music City Bowl.

Athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement Monday that the Hawkeyes will put all football activities on hold for at least five days because of an increase in positive cases.

Iowa is scheduled to play Missouri in the bowl game in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 30.

Coach Kirk Ferentz said he met with team leaders “and they overwhelmingly want to play in the bowl game.” He said they’ll continue to prepare “using the technology we have available.”

The Hawkeyes lost their first two games but finished the regular season with six straight wins. A game against Michigan scheduled for this past Saturday was canceled. Missouri is 5-5.


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