The Old Oaken Bucket game is canceled — again

Nathanael Snyder, Turon Ivy Jr.
Posted at 8:16 AM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 08:28:30-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The 2020 Old Oaken Bucket game has once again been canceled.

The athletic directors of No. 7 Indiana and Purdue announced Tuesday morning the rescheduled game between the rivals will not be played Friday due to COVID-19 testing results at both schools.

A statement released by IU athletic director Scott Dolson and Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski said:

"Upon the advice of our medical professionals and in following the guidelines and protocols established for this season, we are not able to play Friday. As we stated last week, we know the history and tradition of this great rivalry game and how much it means to our current students, alumni and fans. Both universities worked extremely hard in an effort to play, but at this time it just isn't possible. We are certainly disappointed that we cannot play in 2020, but look forward to seeing each other on the field next season and competing once again for the Old Oaken Bucket."

On Dec. 9, Dolson and Bobinski announced the game would be canceled because of COVID-19 issues within both programs. Another attempt was made Sunday to reschedule the game.

Indiana will finish the regular season 6-1 as it awaits its bowl fate. Purdue's season ends with a 2-4 record.

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