University of Texas at San Antonio officials announced the postponement of the UTSA vs. Rice University football game scheduled for Saturday in Houston, citing “coronavirus-related issues within the program.”

The two schools will work in conjunction with Conference USA to reschedule the game, UTSA said in a statement. 

“We are certainly disappointed that we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone Saturday’s game with Rice,” UTSA Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos said in the statement. 

“Throughout the pandemic, our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and community,” she added. “We are extremely grateful to the leadership at Rice University and Conference USA for maintaining an open and understanding line of communication, and we look forward to being able to return to competition safely.” 

Coronavirus testing and contact tracing efforts turned up positive infections and exposures among the UTSA players, Campos said in an email.

UTSA officials were provided the positive testing results Thursday evening, she added. UTSA Athletics conducts regular testing, based on the Conference USA COVID-19 Protocols, which include testing members of the football program three times a week, Campos said. 

UTSA reports and COVID-19 testing data are available here

No further information about the postponement was available Friday, Campos said.

Lindsey Carnett covers the environment, science and utilities for the San Antonio Report. A native San Antonian, she graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 with a degree in telecommunication media...