WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -– The Old Oaken Bucket game for this year has been canceled, again.
After the original game was rescheduled due to COVID-19 tests on both the Purdue Boilermakers and Indiana Hoosiers football teams, Purdue sports announce Tuesday that now the rescheduled game has been canceled.
According to a released statement, in coordination with the Big Ten Conference office, Purdue and Indiana jointly announce that their scheduled football game in Bloomington on Friday will be canceled due to COVID-19 testing results at both schools.
Purdue Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Bobinski and Indiana Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson said in a joint statement: "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."
This is the first game in 100 years between the two rivals to be canceled.