The Sun Belt Conference announced that Troy’s season opener scheduled for Sept. 5 against visiting Louisiana Monroe has been postponed to Dec.5. 

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ULM last week suspended all football-related activity following a COVID-19 outbreak within the program. Nine COVID-19 cases were confirmed with further test results pending.

“While this is certainly disappointing news for our team and fans, we are committed to the health and safety of all student-athletes and have worked with ULM to reschedule this game,” Troy athletic director Brent Jones said in a school relase. 

The game will now take place Dec. 5, the final game of the regular season, at 2:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium.


Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson (18) as Troy University holds a football scrimmage on campus in Troy, Ala., on Saturday August 10, 2019.


Oct 5, 2019; Columbia, MO, USA; Troy Trojans quarterback Gunnar Watson (18) throws a pass as Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Isaiah McGuire (99) defends during the second half at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


Oct 5, 2019; Columbia, MO, USA; Troy Trojans quarterback Gunnar Watson (18) hands off to running back Trevon Woolfolk (33) during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


Troy backup quarterback Gunnar Watson says he was happy with his play at Missouri.


Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson (18) as Troy University holds a football scrimmage on campus in Troy, Ala., on Saturday August 10, 2019.


Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson (18) during the Troy University T-Day spring scrimmage game in Troy, Ala., on Saturday April 20, 2019.


Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson (8) scores a touchdown as Troy University holds a football scrimmage on campus in Troy, Ala., on Saturday August 10, 2019.


Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson (8) carries for a touchdown as Troy University holds a football scrimmage on campus in Troy, Ala., on Saturday August 10, 2019.


Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson (18) during the Troy University T-Day spring scrimmage game in Troy, Ala., on Saturday April 20, 2019.


Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson (18)during the Troy University T-Day spring scrimmage game in Troy, Ala., on Saturday April 20, 2019.


Troy defensive tackle Antione Barker (40) defends against the pass Quarterback Gunnar Watson (18) during the Troy University T-Day spring scrimmage game in Troy, Ala., on Saturday April 20, 2019.


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Troy will now open the season at Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 19.

The Trojans’ home opener will now take place against Texas State on Oct. 8.

“The decision to reschedule this game was made for all of the right reasons, beginning with the health and safety of our student-athletes,” ULM coach Matt Viator said in a school release. “Our initial focus was on monitoring and caring for our COVID-impacted student-athletes as well as exercising the appropriate measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.”

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The Troy football team takes the field before kickoff against the Rain’ Cajuns.

The Sun Belt Conference will push the league title game back a week to Dec. 12 to accommodate the rescheduled date between Troy and ULM.

This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Troy season opener postponed following COVID-19 positive tests by Louisiana Monroe

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