The Kansas State football team won’t be playing in a bowl game this year as the program announced on Wednesday the season will end due to increasing COVID-19 cases.
Previously, Kansas State coach Chris Klieman and athletic director Gene Taylor said they wanted to play in a bowl game to get more practices and game action for their young team. But after the team’s most recent round of testing and contact tracing procedures, Kansas State told Big 12 officials that it will not be able to field enough players to prepare for and play in a bowl game.
Head coach Chris Kleiman said in a statement, “It certainly is a bittersweet ending to the season, but playing 10 regular-season games throughout all of this uncertainty was nothing short of a miracle. I want to thank our players, especially our seniors, for continuing to battle each and every day, no matter what circumstance was put before them. This season was difficult and frustrating, but I think it is also one that we will remember for the rest of our lives. I hope we will all learn from it and become better, both as coaches and players, as we head into the offseason.”
K-State was expected to play in the First Responder Bowl or the Guaranteed Rate Bowl on December 26th.
AD Gene Taylor added, “This has been an unbelievably challenging year for everyone, but we were very excited to have the opportunity to end the season in a bowl game. But, with new positive cases and additional close contacts in our program, we would not have enough players to continue practices and field a team for the bowl game. I want to thank our student-athletes and coaches for their tireless effort this year and for being flexible during a time when every day presented new challenges.”
For Kansas State, the season will end with a 4-6 record, while going 4-5 in the Big 12, including ending the season with five-straight losses.
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