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Old Oaken Bucket game canceled for second time

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Old Oaken Bucket game has been cancelled again.

The game between Purdue University and Indiana University, initially scheduled for Dec. 12, was called off on Dec. 9.

On Dec. 13, it was announced that the game was being rescheduled for Dec. 18.

On Tuesday morning, it was announced that the schools had again decided to cancel the game.

Officials say the cancelation is due to results from COVID-19 testing.

“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.”

Joint statement from Indiana Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson and Purdue Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Bobinski