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The inability to make progress against the latest coronavirus spike has claimed another victim: the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.

The El Paso, Texas, bowl game was canceled, knocking two more schools from potential postseason competition.

“It’s sad, and there is a lot of hurt in the Sun Bowl family, but canceling the game is better than the hurt COVID would cause,” Sun Bowl football committee chairman John Folmer told CBS4.

The College Football Playoff remains intact, at this point, with Jan. 1 semifinal games at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, and the championship game scheduled for Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. 

“We reserve the right to discuss this again if the circumstances change,” CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock told the Associated Press earlier this season. 

The Sun Bowl, which has been played annually beginning in 1935, was scheduled for Dec. 31 and would have matched teams from the Pac-12 and ACC. Only the Rose Bowl, which has been played annually since 1916, has a longer active streak.

Bowl officials confirmed the news to KTSM, El Paso’s NBC affiliate. The development was first reported by Stadium’s Brett McMurphy.

This brings to eight the number of bowl game cancellations. The others: the Bahamas Bowl, Hawaii Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Motor City Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, Redbox Bowl and the inaugural Fenway Bowl, which was moved from Fenway Park in Boston to Montgomery, Alabama, and will pit the American Athletic Conference vs. the Atlantic Coast Conference (AAC vs. ACC).

The New Mexico Bowl will be played in Frisco, Texas. 

The status of the Las Vegas Bowl is uncertain. If that game is not played, it would mean that four games with Pac-12 tie-ins have been called off.

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