Saturday’s Game Will Conclude 2020 Utah Football Season
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Football student-athletes collectively decided that Saturday's game against Washington State will be the team's final competition of the 2020 season. With a victory over WSU, Utah would become bowl eligible but the team is opting out of any potential postseason bowl. Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham, Director of Athletics Mark Harlan and the Utah Athletics administration support the student-athletes' decision.
"Our number one priority is the well-being of our players, and we support the decision they have made," Whittingham said. "They have worked extremely hard since they returned to campus this summer, and they have shown tremendous resiliency in dealing with adversity and challenges. We're proud of what they have accomplished on the field and the way they have handled everything off the field. We look forward to beginning our preparations for the 2021 season when the players return to campus in January."
Utah enters Saturday's game with a 2-2 record, winners of two straight games, including a 38-21 victory at 21st-ranked Colorado last Saturday.
"We support our student-athletes in their decision and applaud them for the way they represent the University of Utah," said Athletics Director Mark Harlan. "We have said from the beginning of this pandemic that everything is about the health and well-being of our student-athletes. They have done everything asked of them in following the strict protocols that were established to provide them the opportunity to play a football season this fall. We thank our incredible supporters and fans who have stood alongside us and our student-athletes throughout this unprecedented season."