Miami pulls out of Sun Bowl due to COVID-19 protocols
Miami will not play in the Sun Bowl later this week due to issues with COVID-19, the program announced on Sunday.
The Hurricanes are the third ACC program to withdraw from bowl season because of issues with the virus, joining Boston College and Virginia.
Here’s Miami’s announcement:
Miami Athletics announced Sunday that its football team will be unable to participate in the 2021 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl against Washington State due to COVID-19 protocols. pic.twitter.com/LeDTHsfWjK
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) December 27, 2021
Last week, Miami acknowledged issues with the virus but said it was “committed” to playing in the Sun Bowl. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, continued spread of the virus made that impossible.
The Hurricanes will now turn their attention to their coaching transition this offseason. Mario Cristobal replaced Manny Diaz earlier this month and is expected to hit the recruiting trail hard this winter.
Miami should be much improved under Cristobal in 2022. Star quarterback Tyler Van Dyke is running, as is running back Jaylan Knighton. Charleston Rambo will need to be replaced following one of the best seasons by a receiver in program history, but Miami has several candidates who could receive more targets next season.
Van Dyke’s performance over the final six games of the regular season will be a major source of optimism for Miami going into the offseason. He threw for 2,194 yards and 20 touchdowns during that span, leading Miami to a 5-1 record.