Earlier this week, UConn football publicly announced the first steps toward handling its 2020 schedule after the Huskies sat out this past season due to COVID-19.
On Tuesday UConn announced that the matchup against Indiana, originally set for Sept. 20, 2020, has been rescheduled for 2026, taking place at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on the same date.
As for the rest of the schedule, Hearst’s Mike Anthony is reporting they are all canceled. According to Anthony’s article, all of the games on UConn’s 2020 schedule have an impossibility clause in their game contracts, which stipulates that no party will be in breach of contract in the event of “an unforeseen catastrophe or disaster” and COVID-19 certainly fits the bill for that.
With these cancellations, UConn doesn’t have to pay anyone, such as 2020 FCS opponent Holy Cross, for these games. The Huskies are not receiving any buy-game money either. Overall, it’s an expected but disappointing conclusion for a 2020 schedule that required a ton of wheeling and dealing from athletic director David Benedict and his staff to even make it possible.
With the Huskies’ becoming independent on relatively short notice after leaving the American Athletic Conference, Benedict brokered unique deals to build a schedule that normally takes years to construct in just a matter of months. While UConn has numerous hurdles to clear as it adjusts to life as an independent, the 2020 schedule was arguably the most pressing and difficult task. That part is done and UConn is now looking ahead to a solid slate of games moving forward.