By CBSMiami.com Team

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The sun has set on the Sun Bowl for the Miami Hurricanes.

The football program has dropped out of the New Year’s Eve game because of COVID.

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“We are extremely disappointed that our football team will be unable to participate in the 2021 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl,” Deputy Director of Athletics/Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Strawley said in a statement. “But due to the number of COVID-19 cases impacting our roster we do not have enough student-athletes to safely compete, and the health and safety of our student-athletes will always be our top priority. This team worked hard all season to earn a bowl invitation and my heart goes out to our student-athletes, especially our s.”

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“We regret the impact this has on the Washington State program and their postseason experience,” he added.

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Miami ends the year with a 7-5 record and the next time we see them, it will be next September when the Mario Cristobal era officially begins.

CBSMiami.com Team