After a long pause and an 0-3 start to their shortened spring season, the final blow for RMU football came on Monday morning after their finale against Monmouth was canceled due to “limited student-athlete availability within the RMU program,” the team announced.
The game against the Hawks seemed to be cursed from the beginning, as it was originally scheduled to be the Colonials’ second game of the season, and their Big South debut, back on March 13. Eventually, that game became the first of two postponements as a result of COVID-19 issues within the Robert Morris program, along with the Charleston Southern game originally set for March 20.
RMU’s matchup with Monmouth, which was set for Saturday, would have been the only home game for Robert Morris this season. Another conference game against Gardner-Webb was slated to be a home game for RMU as well, but that game was wiped off of the team’s schedule after other rescheduling efforts were finalized and a new date was never agreed upon between the schools and the Big South.
This cancellation and Duquesne’s loss to Sacred Heart on Sunday brings the spring college football season in the Pittsburgh area to a screeching halt. If there is any positive news to come from the past week, it is that RMU’s fall season is starting to take form after its non-conference games were announced last Friday, coincidently, with no game against the Dukes on the ledger.
RMU finishes 0-2 in the Big South, and as mentioned earlier, 0-3 overall on the season. After what looked to be a promising season opener against national powerhouse James Madison, the Colonials were outscored 62-14 in their final two games of the year.