as covid-19 cases rise across the country due to the widespread omicron variant, the college football playoff management committee has unveiled a new policy should positive cases arise within the teams that play cotton bowl, party bowl, orange bowl, and peach bowl.
According to the college football playoff management committee, here are the guidelines should positive cases arise:
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- fiesta and peach bowls: cfp, bowl game and espn will attempt to identify an alternate date for the game within one week of the scheduled date; if a date cannot be identified, the game will be considered a no contest.
- playoff semifinals (cotton and orange bowls) if a team is not available to play: the team unavailable will forfeit the game and their opponent would advance to the national championship game.
- playoff semifinals (cotton and orange bowls) if both teams are unavailable to play in a semifinal: the semifinal game will be declared a “no contest” and the team that wins the other semifinal game will be declared the cfp national champion.
- playoff semifinals (cotton and orange bowls) if three teams are unavailable to play – semi-final play in which two teams are unable to play would be declared a “no contest”. in the other semifinal game, the team that cannot play will forfeit the game and its opponent will be declared cfp national champion.
- cfp national championship – if team unavailability is determined after the playoff semifinals have taken place, the national championship game in indianapolis can be rescheduled no later than friday, january 14. If one team can play and the other cannot and the game cannot be rescheduled or is rescheduled and cannot be played, then the team that cannot play will forfeit the game and the other team will be declared the CFP National Champion. If both teams are unable to play on an original or rescheduled date, then the game will be declared a “no contest” and the CFP National Championship will be vacated for this season.
These are the policies that the Cotton Bowl, Party Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Peach Bowl must follow:
- Team Travel to Bowl Sites – Teams have the option of arriving at the bowl site no later than two days before the game, instead of all five usual days before the game. (for example, no later than the Wednesday before a Friday game).
- Bowling Events: Attendance at events at game sites will be optional for students -athletes, staff members of institutions, bands and spirit squads.
- press conferences: media access to coaches, staff and students- athletes will be virtual.
- access to the field of play: non-essential personnel will not have access to the field and will be off the field before and after the game. (For clarity, this includes, but is not limited to, institution friends and family and “special guests” and bowl sponsors.)
- testing arrangements. Each institution will use the testing arrangement it used during the regular season. tryouts will be arranged by the institution at the game site.
- acceptance of opponent’s protocol. each conference has agreed to accept each conference’s tryout protocol.
- certification. the institution’s athletic director and medical director must certify that each person with access to the field of play on game day has tested negative for covid-19 within 72 hours after the start of the match or has been fully vaccinated. .
- health and safety. To provide the best opportunity for health and safety, participating institutions are encouraged to ensure that student-athletes and staff take prudent steps and follow medical recommendations to help prevent contracting or transmitting COVID before, during, and after travel to gambling sites.