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Ole Miss football adjusting Sugar Bowl travel plans as national COVID-19 cases spike

Nick Suss
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

OXFORD — Ole Miss football is adjusting its travel plans for the Sugar Bowl.

No. 8 Ole Miss (10-2, 6-2 SEC) is scheduled to play No. 6 Baylor (11-2, 7-2 Big 12) in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1 (7:45 p.m., ESPN). But instead of arriving in New Orleans on Dec. 26 as planned, the Rebels are delaying their trip out of precaution related to recent COVID-19 spikes across the country.

"After reviewing the new policies for bowl activities, the team schedule has been adjusted to ensure the safest possible experience for the student-athletes and staff. Bowl week practices will begin in Oxford with the team’s arrival in New Orleans rescheduled from the 26th to later in the week," Ole Miss football said in a statement. "That date and other travel details are still being finalized. In addition, while our program is in a good place from a health standpoint, our medical staff will continue to monitor our team to guard against concerns related to COVID-19.”

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The Ole Miss football team is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and has been since before the season began. The Rebels haven't had to deal with any major COVID spikes or absences from players this season, but coach Lane Kiffin did miss the first game of the year because of a breakthrough positive case.

The Clarion Ledger will update this story as more information becomes available.

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