A Martin Luther King Jr. Day matchup between Howard and Notre Dame scheduled to be played in Washington, D.C., has been canceled because of coronavirus issues in the Howard program.
"We are all incredibly disappointed by this cancellation," Howard athletic director Kery Davis said of Monday's cancellation in a university statement. "This was a tremendous opportunity to bring national exposure to our basketball team and the University. However, it goes without saying that the health and welfare of our student-athletes is our priority first and foremost."
The game was to be televised nationally from the Howard campus by FOX Sports, with alumnus Gus Johnson calling the play by play.
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said he hopes to make it up next year.
"I am disappointed that we will not be able to make the trip on Monday, but we are committed to going back in 2022 to make this game happen," said Brey in a statement.
The Bison (1-4) have been idle since Dec. 18, when they beat Hampton 81-76. In all, six Howard games have been postponed or canceled.
Howard paused all activities on Jan. 8 due to positive COVID-19 test results among Tier 1 personnel, which includes players, coaches and staff.
Howard's next scheduled game is Jan. 23 at Morgan State. Unless Notre Dame (3-8, 0-5 ACC) schedules a replacement game, the Irish won't play again until Jan. 24 at Miami (Fla.).
--Field Level Media