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Hogs bowl game canceled


Arkansas’s showdown with TCU postponed over COVID- 19 issues with Horned Frogs FAYETTEVILLE — Because of COVID-19 issues within the Texas Christian University’s Horned Frogs football program, the Arkansas vs.

TCU Mercari Bowl scheduled Thursday night at NRG Stadium in Houston has been cancelled, Texas Bowl executive director David Fletcher announced Tuesday in Houston.

Razorbacks Coach Sam Pittman had started preparing the Razorbacks for a bowl game even before the Dec. 20 announcement that the 3-7 Razorbacks of the SEC were paired vs. TCU, 6-4, of the Big 12.

Both Pittman and Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek issued statements after Fletcher’s announcement shortly before the Razorbacks were to fly to Houston.

“We are very disappointed not to get the opportunity to compete again as a team,” Pittman said. “We were excited and wanted to go play TCU in the Texas Bowl, but we certainly understand the issues in the TCU program. We had no positive tests from yesterday and were ready to go to Houston this afternoon with a healthy team. Our team and our student-athletes have sacrificed a lot over the last several months, including over the holidays, so this is a tough way to end our season. I’m so proud of our team for fighting and handling themselves through adversity all year.”

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