The Duke Blue Devil’s football game against the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest has officially been cancelled, according to the ACC.
Previously, the conference announced the game would not be played at its original date, due to positive covid-19 tests throughout the Demon Deacons locker-room.
Coach Cutcliffe responded to the announcement saying:
“The decision to forgo playing Wake Forest on December 19 was made with the health and safety of our players and staff as the priority. In this unique semester with ever-changing circumstances, notwithstanding the recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases nationally, we deemed it appropriate to adhere to our original timeline and allow the student-athletes to return home for the first time since mid-July following our game versus Florida State on December 5. To this point in the season, our players have been explicitly compliant, and continuing their isolated housing conditions without academic nor social settings for an additional two weeks would not be appropriate in this unsettling time. At Duke, we strive to provide an elite student-athlete experience and while this decision eliminates an opportunity for competition, we feel it is one with the best interests of every member of our program at the forefront.”
Duke’s main focus will be remaining on schedule, continuing follow safety protocols for its student-athletes and allowing them to return home following the Florida State game for Christmas break.
The Blue Devils next hit the field at Georgia Tech, November 28th.